ProjectSpectrum is an online creative project. Each month from May to November has been given a colour and participants are invited to do something creative relating to the colour of the month and to post a photo of it online. So, as I seem to have a bit of time on my hands at the moment and in the interests of optimism (never know where these things might lead) and becoming myself again (hopefully that is a good idea) I thought I would give it a go.
Being a technology challenged person (although I am improving - note the optimism) I found it a little difficult to follow what exactly it was I should be doing with regard to signing up and posting my creative attempts. But I decided a little thing like that wouldn't stop me because by the time I had something creative to post I might well have worked out what to do.
May was red. As I came to it late, there only being two weeks of May left, I decided on photography as a creative subject and went out a couple of afternoons in Canterbury and Maidstone photographing things red - as artistically as I could manage.
I had a lovely time. I wandered around Canterbury with my camera and noticed all sorts of things I probably wouldn't have noticed otherwise. I even went into a couple of shops and asked if I could photograph some of their red items for an art project I was doing (that made me feel very, very arty). And - I found a missing postbox! Well, actually, I am probably the only one who thought it was missing. At the bottom of Station Road West there used to be a double postbox. A couple of years ago, for some annoying reason, it was removed which miffed me no end as I used to use it regularly. And thanks to Project Spectrum I found out where it was put. It now resides at the entrance of the car park half way up Station Road West. I have walked up that road, past that car park and thus straight past the postbox at least twice a month for the last eighteen months - and I never noticed it. And I would probably have carried on walking past it twice a month for however long if I hadn't been out looking for objects red.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that a lot of my red based photographs relate to food. I didn't realise how many food wrappers are red and quite how many signs are red either.
Here are a few of the photographs I took in Canterbury and an afternoon I spent in Maidstone visiting PR for lunch
Not sure if I wish I could wear shoes like this or not hmmmm...
And here comes the food...........
This didn't come out quite how I wanted. The top right hand corner was supposed to show more stall so that it looked like a hill of cherries. By the time I had examined the photo and decided to go back for another shot someone had bought a whole wodge of cherries and the whole display had changed - some people are so inconsiderate - couldn't they see art was taking place here.......
and some flowers
I feel these should have a title but I don't know what to call them other than 'red flowers in cellophane'. Umm creative title brain cell needs a little work then.
And some good advice, where would we be without the good advice
Ok, so my photographs were more observational than artistic but it was a nice thing to do and that can't be bad. I think it would be a nice project to give the kids over the school holidays as well as I found an awful lot of red just around the house - it will keep them occupied for a while and it's cheap.
By the end of May I still hadn't quite worked out if I had to do something to actually join this project or where to properly post my creative redness but as face book was one of the posting options I posted a photo there. I hadn't ever posted a photo to face book before (I have enough trouble commenting) so it doesn't have a caption because I wasn't sure what to do. But now I know. This interweb business is a great learning curve. Also nobody has got back to me saying 'you can't do that, you're not a member' so I am assuming what I have done is alright and am moving on to June. Which is green. Watch this space.