Prompts & circumstances

Left to my own devices my creativity peters out.

Photography and other art classes worked for me because they pushed me to tackle things I normally wouldn’t have taken on.  Plein air painting?! ….ya mean outside?….IN FRONT OF PEOPLE!!??

Then I discovered Prompts.  Then I discovered how many people contribute them….thank you Internet.

Prompts….nudges….idea incubators….call them what you will, it’s kinda like putting your brain on a creative scavenger hunt.

Works for me.

There are numerous prompt compilations, but I this one grab my attention ….

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/

Saw the Structure one yesterday morning and for the rest of the day thought “hmmm structure, structure structure, how could structure be interpreted?….hmmmm”.  Then it hit me….literally.  I ran smack dab into a spider web.  And after that frantic dance known only to arachnophobes as OH DEAR GOD IS THERE A SPIDER ON ME!!?? was over….I had my structure.

I am an arachnophobe.

I have a studio creativity pit in the basement….and this scenario has played out several times….

me (running up the stairs):  “PACK UP! We are moving!”

Husband (not looking up from latest Car & Driver magazine) :  “Spider in the basement?”

But still, as long as they don’t surprise, stalk (oh yes they do), or try to suck the blood from me while I sleep (or anytime for that matter), I find them fascinating to photograph.  And the circumstance I find myself in is….spiders love my house.

This one….Charlotte….was building a web on the underside of my deck railing….probably having mistaken one of my pugs for a pig.

She is not my Structure picture….she just put me off eating crab for a long time….the similarity being glaringly unpleasant.

This represented Structure to me….

Builder & building.

Nice large aperture….fuzzed up the woods in back nicely….but this guy too was on my deck.

I know spiders are beneficial.  And not all of them send me into a stampeding frenzy….just the ones with visible meat on their exoskeleton….guh….that made me shudder.

 

 

 

 

 

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