Finding Beauty In Everyday Life Finding Shapes

Kettering University Recreation Center - Greg Doig

The aim of this exercise is to get you to explore the beauty in your everyday life. To that end, we have a collection of shapes at the end of this exercise specification. By this exercise’s deadline, your goal will be to submit one image for every shape, and each photograph should clearly represent that shape based on your surroundings. The goal isn’t to find an object that is the shape and simply take a picture of it; rather, find the shapes embedded in your environment and work to capture them.

You could use everyday objects, buildings, abstract colors, and more. You might rely on the randomness of a candid exposure or choose instead to stage a scene, but in either case be careful to pay attention to all of the small details! To isolate the shape you may use any number of techniques including color, negative or positive space, zoom or crop, orientation, unique perspectives (higher or lower than eye-level, beneath, above, proximal, or distant to an object), texture, and so on.

There are many means to achieve a powerful image; capture your surroundings from an atypical angle or perspective. Or, perhaps, seek out striking colors, capture human emotion, find elements with high contrast, remove distractions by taking a minimalist approach, or find a pattern in chaos.

It is very unlikely that you will get perfect results on the first attempt. As you work to achieve isolation of a geometric shape in your photograph, expect to review the image, make some changes, and try again. Be prepared to abandon an idea and try something else entirely. Be critical in your selection of a final image. Professional photographers work a scene constantly refining their photographs

Exercise: Although perfect exposure is not required for this project, poor exposure will be detrimental to your image overall. Please be mindful of exposure and do your best.

Submit exactly one JPEG photograph for every shape on the subsequent page. Each shape should be easily identified through whichever isolation technique(s) you chose. Again, the goal is to find these shapes embedded in your environment; do not simply photograph an object with that shape, like a hula hoop to represent a circle or a square sign to represent a square.

You may make modest modifications to the image if you would like (e.g., cropping or small changes to contrast or color), but please preserve all of its EXIF metadata and submit the maximum possible resolution image.

Name each photograph the same as the name of the shape, like circle.jpg, rectangle.jpg, etc.


Triangle - Rectangle - Circle - Star - Pentagon - Waves


Created with images by Unsplash - "architecture skyscraper urban" • PublicDomainPictures - "raspberries berry fruits" • grassrootsgroundswell - "Chimney" • Pexels - "abstract antique art" • Hans - "james palm fronds washington palm" • Justugly - "triangle dinner bell chuck wagon bell iron" • michaeljberlin - "brick wall background" • GioBertPhoto - "Circles" • DarkoStojanovic - "mercedes logo car" • Oli-Oviyan - "Pentagon.." • DWilliams - "american flag usa flag flag"

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