I’m working on submitting some photos to a juried art show with the theme “Contrasting Elements.” I’m having a little trouble with the concept. I know what contrast is, but when you throw “elements” in the mix, it sounds to me to be a little more complicated than just contrast. I’ve asked a couple people what it means to them and they came up with black and white, America vs. 3rd world country, fire and ice, and the like. However, to capture those in photography would require much travel and planning before the January 31, 2009 deadline for submissions. I don’t want to just submit a black and white photo, or a photo with contrasting colors. I want it to be more of the “elements” that include the contrast. I have a couple ideas, which also may be a little too hard to accomplish. I also have a few photos that could suffice, but just don’t do it for me. I need something that’s missing, some underlying message or “element”. Am i making this too complicated? I’m sure there’s contrasting “elements” around me everyday. I just need to see them and capture them to illustrate the theme correctly.
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “contrasting elements”?
Hey Sweet World – I would really appreciate your input and suggestions!