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Weekly Photo Challenge: People

Do you speak in images? Enjoy taking photos to document your experiences or just to express what you notice in the world? Love to share them with others? Welcome to the weekly photo challenge! I post a new challenge each week…check in regularly and join the fun!

I recently read an article in Wired magazine about Instagram photographer Daniel Arnold.  He is an iphoneographer like I am, only he focuses exclusively on photos of people–mostly in urban spaces.  I usually take pictures of things, with special attention to natural beauty.  But this week I have been focusing on photographs of people–most of whom I don’t know.  I experimented with taking photos that feature people on Monday with my post, Beach People.

Here’s one of a group of Junior Lifeguards that I also saw on Monday at the beach.  I was attracted to  their yellow rash guards…and that they were sitting in rows facing the surf.

people-junior lifeguards

It was hard taking photos of people at first…and most of my photos were too far away to capture what was fascinating about the people in the photo.  I don’t want to be intrusive or make people feel uncomfortable…but I am starting to come closer.  And there are so many interesting people in the world!

I’ve been in Montana this week, doing work at the Intersection of science and literacy.  At the SpectrUM Discovery Area in Missoula we had the opportunity to explore, write, and get reacquainted with colleagues from across the nation–and try out some cool science too! And who can resist taking a picture of a big guy in a super small chair?

people-mini chair

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Clark Fork River flows right in the middle of Missoula. And people with inner tubes, that the locals call floaters, seem to be everywhere.  They make their way upriver, get into the water on their tubes and float down the river.  Once down, they get out of the water, pick up the tubes and head through town back toward their cars.


There’s also lots of bike riders and dog walkers, even during the heat of the day.  Outdoors are clearly important here! (And I can see why!)


Last night we hiked our way up the giant M on the side of the mountain overlooking the university.  It’s not a long climb, but it is quite steep and there is steady stream of hikers making their way up the switchbacks to this local sight.  Once there the M is huge…too big to fit in the photo frame, and a bit slick to climb on.

people-on the M

But you can sit along the edge, catch your breath, check out the map of the university, and take in the gorgeous sunset from this spectacular vantage place.

people-viewing the M

So this week’s challenge is to take pictures of people.  They can be people you know, or you can try your hand at capturing photos of people who pique your interest as you go about your daily life.

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!)

I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #people for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

There are so many interesting people in the world when we pause to watch and notice.  Who will you take the time to photograph this week?