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Learning Through Challenges
I was recently challenged on Instagram by Natasha Riggs to post 7 B&W images of my life. No People. No Explanations. It is not something I would normally readily agree to but I surprised myself as to how interesting the challenge became. The first seven images in this post are those I selected for the challenge and I will remain true to it's concept and not give too many further details. What I will say is I added a self imposed constraint to only use images that I had not previously produced in black and white. The images, as chosen, spanned my life from some of my earliest conscious thoughts right through to my present outlook on life and time spent with my wife on Skye.
As a balance I have, in this post, included 7 further images for which I have given a little more detail. A couple of them I have been asked by people, who know my work, why they weren't included.
I am currently undertaking a similar challenge by providing photographs from 1-15 of a rugby union team. Again just going through an archive and re-visiting images with perhaps a new perspective has proved a rewarding and enjoyable experience. I will no doubt post 'my team' after I have completed the challenge on Instagram.
Three images representing travel, rugby and home could all have been included in the challenge but lost out as I tried to strike a balance with the limitation of only selecting 7 images. It was the time spent making the trade offs that made the challenge for me. Looking back I remain comfortable with the choices I made but perhaps an 8 image challenge would have been easier!