On Friday this week my old Pal Helen down in Biggleswade challenged me to take part in a Facebook photography challenge that’s doing the rounds – ‘Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people and no explanations’. These type of challenges happen a lot, and I don’t usually bother, but I liked the cut of this one’s gib as black and white photography is not my thing ~ gimme colour! and lots of it! 🙂 . But I remember my black and white month last February in my 366 was really enjoyable for me, and so decided to join in this time. It’s got me thinking, it isn’t that easy to find something about ‘your life’ to photograph. Most of life, for me at least is about the mundane, getting up, washing, going to work, eating stuff, doing the laundry. Of course exciting things happen, holidays, mince & mash dinner, meeting friends, going out with my camera, but mostly it’s everyday mundanity.
I looked up the definition of mundane/mundanity, and got some examples “Superman hid his heroic feats by posing as his mundane alter ego, Clark Kent.” Mundane, from the Latin word mundus, “world,” originally referred to things on earth. (from dictionary.com) Well I’m no superman but that sounded quite exciting! ‘Any company that advertises itself as ‘fun’ is simply making a desperate and futile attempt to distract attention away from the soul-destroying mundanity that is the reality of its day-to-day life.’ (Oxford English dictionary) and that sounds quite depressing! So I’m going with Miriam Webster’s definition~ dull and ordinary. : relating to ordinary life on earth rather than to spiritual things. Once the 7 day challenge is over on faceache, I’m going to carry on, and am calling it my ‘Mundanity Project’. I think that fits in with Monday Miscellany quite nicely. I’m not sure how long the project will be, I’m leaving it open ended, but will take a photo each day until I don’t want to do it anymore.
Here’s this Mondays collection
Black and white photography is a whole different ball game than colour, your mind has to think in a different way when composing, and lighting, and choosing the right subject too. Hopefully I will improve as I go on!
laters gaters 🙂