3 Photography Projects To Help Spark Your Creativity

I recently added The Photographer's Playbook to my book collection. It has 307 assignments and ideas for photographers of all skill levels. I know sometimes we all need something to spark our creativity so I wanted to share these projects with you all. Have fun!

Bad 'Ting (2016)

Bad 'Ting (2016)

1. Important People: Ask yourself who is really important to you and photograph that person. Ask that person to me two people who are really important to them, and photograph these people too. (Sebastian Hau)

2. Traveler: Pick a pedestrian and follow them. Don't photograph them. JJust go where they take you and photograph along the way. Consider yourself a passenger and make the most out of where you are taken. When you lose them, follow someone new. Repeat. (Gus Powell)

3. Flirtation: Photograph several people who you would like to sleep with, but who do not know you want to sleep with them. (Nicholas Nixon)

The best way to master something is to step outside of your comfort zone and push your creativity.

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Al Capone's Jail Cell (Eastern State Penitentiary)

I'm going to assume you already know who Al Capone is. After all, he is America's most legendary gangster, in my opinion. He started off as a bouncer and worked his way up to a mob boss. He was giving the nickname "Scarface" and was the mastermind behind the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. Need I say more? This is why I was excited to visit the jail cell where he spent 9 months after being arrested by the FBI in Chicago during the year of 1929. 

Have you ever been to the Eastern State Penitentiary? If so, how was your visit? Did you stop by Al Capone's cell? If not, you should! It's almost like time traveling. 

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There's Always A Story To The Picture

Take a second to study the image below. Who do you see? What stands out to you? Do you have questions? It's important to learn to see beyond the picture. They say that pictures are worth a thousand words, but I like to say that every picture comes with a thousand words. There's always a story behind every image.

I been working on the images for my upcoming exhibition in July. This past weekend I decided to print a few of the images from the collection. Luckily the weather was amazing that Sunday; you could feel the Summer sun peaking through the clouds. I decided to bring my camera with me since I would be walking around the Downtown area. 

David Jones (Downtown, Boston)

David Jones (Downtown, Boston)

Right before I reached City Hall I saw a man sitting down reading a book. I instantly knew I had something to capture. I felt it in my spirit! I humbly approached the gentleman and introduced myself as a local documentary photographer. He introduced himself as David Jones, from New York. He came to Boston 5 years ago in search of medical care. He's been sick for some time but couldn't figure out what it was exactly. He recently found out it's cancer. I shared my blessings but he assured me he was fine. "They removed it and I don't plan on it coming back", he said with a small grin on his face.

David Jones is the reason I love what I do. As I thought about my encounter with him that day, I started to think about how many people have walked past him. How would they ever known that he reads books because his Father didn't believe in TVs? At this point it's not even about taking a good picture anymore. It's about the people I meet and the stories they share with me. It's about those who have no voice or a stage. What started off as a hobby has grown into something much larger. This is why it is important to create (art) with a purpose. It's important to ask questions. It's important to care.

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Puerto Rico (Black And White Collection)

What better way to start off the year than with a trip to Puerto Rico? Last time I went I was 15 years old. That was 14 years ago. But that's a story I'll be blogging about soon enough. Aside from personal family reasons, I went to create work for my upcoming photography exhibition. For obvious reasons, I can't share any images that will be on display, but I put together a small #BlackAndWhite collection  to give you a taste of the work I did in my homeland. Hope you enjoy!

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