Magazines pretty much tell the same story over and over again: a feature on a business owner, a designer, someone who did something newsworthy; or maybe it’s about how I can lose 20 pounds in an hour and a half; maybe the best clothes, hair, makeup, life I can buy from the starlet of the moment—it doesn’t matter, it never really changes. Maybe that’s why magazines are failing—nothing they offer is new.
It got me wondering how a photographer approaches shooting something that we’ve all seen over and over. The best photographers renew the genre, offering some extra insight in their image that makes it stand out. The journeymen just make it look good.
I want to challenge whoever is reading this blog post to enter into a little contest I’m proposing. Find someone with an interesting story to tell and shoot him or her as if you’re on assignment. Imagine you’re shooting for a cover story. There are no limits, I’m curious to see what shows up. Here’s the challenge: Can you make a compelling portrait that tells me all about this person without any words to tell me who they are?
Send entries to email@example.com. The limit is 3 images per person and the deadline is August 1. I’ll be publishing and commenting on what I like. There is no ultimate prize, except a chance for you to challenge yourself to do something creative.
I hope you all take me up on this.