2/300 Dr. Seuss' Hat
I suppose most people think of the classic red and white soft stove pipe hat when you think of Dr. Seuss. And since LEGO does not make red Robin Hood hats, I had actually tried that. I coloured some paper for a 6in scale prototype, but it really did NOT look right. I also considered finding one of those late 90s early 00 hats and doing an Antman shot, but that sounded flat in my own head so i dismissed it. As much as I love The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham (which featured a similar style hat) the book that I really think about when people mention hats and Dr. Seuss is The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. This is a fantastic bit of Seuss that does not rhyme or have elaborately colourful illustrations, but the focus is more on telling a story. The book starts with young Bartholomew who finds himself in the path of the Royal Carriage. Naturally he removes his hat, and bows his head. However, the carriage stops and he is asked if he does or does not remove his hat before the king. Bartholomew is relieved to be asked a question he has the answer to, and states that he does, and here it is in his hand. Much to his dismay, it is pointed out that he still has one on his head and that should be removed too.
The book continues much like this, cleverly keeping the question of 'what the heck is up with that hat?' right in the forefront of everything. Even the illustrations are in monochrome except for the hats which are red. Supposedly this story came about from Seuss seeing a man on a train that had a ridiculously large and fastidiously well-kept hat on, and Seuss imagining that he had another on under that had. This little sub story reminds me that if you are willing to use your imagination, you can find fun and inspiration everywhere. (Continued in comments)
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Number 1/300 Angel's Wings.
As soon as I saw this prompt, I KNEW what figure I would use. I briefly considered using a LEGO Chima, but I went with my gut reaction.
I initially had a different pose in mind, something a little more 'spread eagle' like an acending angel, but I didn't like results as much.
I was driving home and there was a gorgeous sunset, so I stopped and went for it. And blew it. Seriously terrible. But I refused to be discouraged and tried again the next night and ta-da! Here it is.
The next challenge is Dr. Suess' Hat. Odd since he isn't know for wearing one 😂
I stumbled across this at my @barnesandnoble and after flipping though, thought, "hey, I could use this as a shooting challenge! Perhaps it will give me new perspective, hopefully it will help push the bounds of my creativity and improve my skills. At the very least it could be fun to run with some outside ideas that i can work through at my own pace!" But if I am going to do this (and I AM), I need some goals, objectives, side quests, mini bosses, perhaps even some extra lives. Otherwise this will turn into another dust collector on my already overfull shelves.
shoot every prompt, in order, at least good enough to print on 4x6.
no purchasing ANYTHING with the main purpose of using it for this project
micro-ish blog my journey and thought process for each photo. (this may get weird)
no working ahead
complete the project within a year
improve my photography skills
improve on my writing skills
(hidden objective) yup. so there.
print/make a book of the 300 completed prompts
some of these DRAWING prompts may prove especially challenging to convert to toy photography,
some concept that I commit my mind to may also prove beyond my present level
quality over speed. i will not rush this, and i will shoot until happy with the turnout
i may shoot two or more ideas for one prompt, no limits and no moving on until they are done! I have been questioning myself a lot lately. I think I need to see with my own eye what I can do. I subscribe to the idea of not waiting for inspiration to come to you, but to go and do. that way when inspiration or an impromptu opportunity presents itself, you will have the skills necessary to meet it. This is also why my camera goes with me everywhere.
I'm a little nervous, the longest challenge I've done in 3 years or so is #jantmanuary (which I post in pretty much daily) but I am also excited for an adventure. Let the self imposed, madness inducing, self discovery journey begin!
Step 2 done. Touched up the buttons and belt buckle, painted the head. You probably can't tell but he has purple eye brows. I think 'he' will get a scarf and have the boot toes painted. Like external steel toes.