I love “The Daily Create” from DS106. We have a ritual in my digital media class to have a “Creative Friday” each week, so Daily Create just brings this concept up a notch. Every day a new challenge is introduced, usually a photography, audio or video assignment that can be made in a short period of time, around 15 minutes or so.
To me, the idea is to make something new on the day that the challenge is issued. It is the “create” in “Daily Create.” So don’t get me wrong, I’m really not bashing anyone here, but I really don’t get it if a photography assignment is given and people turn to their archive of past photos, or even worse, to the internet’s vast archive of photos, to find a suitable picture instead of grappling with how to do the assignment on that particular day. (I showed my students how I can verify if their photography is an original with Google Image Search. You can supply a photo URL and it will pull up visually similar photos that tell right away if you’re playing fair or not!)
For example, this past weekend the assignment was to “Take a photo depicting your favorite kind of weather.” Ok, cool, I thought. How can I express this idea in a photograph? It’s sunny and 65 degrees outside. My favorite kind of day is a cold, wintery day. One of those days it’s so cold that the inside of your nostrils freeze up. Yeah, it’s sick, I know. It probably comes from my having a cold, cold heart.
But we haven’t had more than an inch of snow all winter, and none is in the forecast. What to do? Well, there’s always the deep freeze that needs defrosting. Perhaps that could provide the wintery mix I need for my photograph. Well, what do you know?
If I put a shoe in there, it’s almost like I’m walking in a winter wonderland. Well, except for those yummy sugar cookies in the background. Hmm, I wonder. Maybe if I try a different angle, this picture would be a little more convincing?
Now that’s more like it – an impromptu winter scene straight out of an Irving Berlin Christmas movie. Well, maybe not, but you get the idea.
Once I uploaded the image to Flickr and tagged it with tdc049 I could see it along with all of the other images made for that particular assignment.
Some of the others I really liked were this photo of overshoes suggesting a rainy day, peaches that hearken to warmer days, a sun dress & sandals, and a sweater with sunglasses, suggesting a sunny but cool day.
None of these required a literal scene of the concept being conveyed, but were more metaphorical in nature. Now that’s getting to the essence of creativity, don’t you think?
So, DS106ers, I’m challenging you to try a little harder, think out of the box, and don’t be so literal and concrete in your thinking. Don’t be afraid to get a little abstract, even weird when communicating ideas. Creativity beckons us to do this! Get those creative juices flowing and show us what ya got, ok?