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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?


Beach Study: People

You may have noticed, I love the beach.  There is nothing like a long walk on the beach to clear my mind, relax my body, and stimulate my thinking.  And I take lots of photographs…many of nature’s beautiful handiwork.

On Sunday, instead of a focus on wildlife or other natural features, I found myself focused on the people at the beach and the diversity of activities they were engaged in.  In spite of the unexpected rain early in the day, the beach was full of people.  It was warm and humid…and by mid afternoon the sun shone brightly.

I noticed these two girls sitting near the cliffs…checking their phones.  I couldn’t resist a shot!

beach people-checking devices

As we headed further down the beach, I noticed these spear fisherman putting on their gear to head out into the surf.

beach people-spear fishers

And not far from them divers had their equipment spread out on the rocks as they chatted about their upcoming dive.

beach people-divers

There was lots of activity out in the water too, surfers and paddle boarders, body boarders, and swimmers.  And some people sitting out on the rocks watching the activity or just gazing out into the sea.

beach people-watching

beach people-gazing

And not everyone was into water sports.  This pair cruised by on their bicycles, taking advantage of the packed sand of the low tide.

beach people-bikes

And this couple was simply enjoying a walk on the beach, walking hand in hand, and then stopping for this selfie with the ocean as backdrop.

beach people-selfie

Still others settled themselves near the water’s edge for a shore-side picnic.

beach people-sand chairs

People come and go at the beach.  This couple finished surfing, hefted their boards and headed back down the beach toward the parking lot.

beach people-surfers

And of course, there were lots of kids on the beach playing in the waves, digging in the sand, and creating elaborate sandcastles.

beach people-building castles

And some of the kids haven’t been born yet…there are always pregnant women on the beach.

beach people-pregnant

As we finished several miles of walking on the beach, we headed back toward the parking lot…stopping off at the showers to rinse the sand from our feet.  The showers are another popular place as moms wash babies and people stand under the fresh water showers before heading for their cars and homes.

beach people-showers

As I paid attention to people on the beach, I became more aware of the variety of activities they engaged in…and there were so many more people not represented by this small selection of photos.  Taking pictures of people was a very different experience than taking pictures of nature.  I found myself creating stories about them, paying attention to their movements, their interactions, their equipment…  I watched teenaged boys tossing a football, a fisherman chatting with a friend, two little boys with flotation devices braving the waves, a little girl with a container picking up shells as her parents trailed behind…

Sunday’s beachwalk was a different kind of learning walk for me, with people as my focus.  The beach is definitely a playground with many things for people to do.