|At my Creative Photography presentation, I talked about creative thought processes, strange loops, conceptual spirals, and how they relate to photography.|
|How do you get the maximum in-your-face effect with a gun and a wide angle lens? The nice thing about a good exhibition is that you can try things out on the spot. Clint Eastwood could not do it better.|
You can learn a lot by watching other people in action. This may look funny, but if you want to take panorama shots where you shoot the inside of a room, it is a quick and useful way to position yourself between shots.
There were several presentations held at the exhibition. I held two. The first was about Horror Noir, an ongoing project I run in a photography group. The objective is to create a photo comic containing a horror story based on H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu cycle, and shot in film noir style.
We have shot about a third of the project so far. There are still many interesting challenges ahead...
My second presentation was about creative photography. I used the droste effect, the recursive picture-in-picture effect shown above as a metaphor for theories about creativity, like John Boyd's Conceptual Spiral and Douglas Hofstadter's Strange Loops. I also talked about how creativity requires both divergent and convergent thinking.
And, of course, I delved into the process itself, how it works, and the bias against creativity, why creativity often leads to alienation.
Not lightweight stuff, but something I think most creative people can relate to.
If you were at the exhibition, you might enjoy the little slideshow above. Both conventional photos, and some creative experiments.