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Take part in our ‘Same but Different’ photography project

Monday 1 June 2020

You might currently be isolating or shielding at home like many of our patients. It is a very strange time where the usual liberties we enjoy, and perhaps take for granted, are impacted by the unprecedented lock-down we are all experiencing.

Here at the hospice, Stevan, our Artist-in-Residence has been working on different ways you can be creative whilst at home. One of the projects he has started which is intended to encourage both creativity and perhaps mindfulness, is the ‘Same but Different’ photography project. Anyone can take part.

Same but different photo project

What you need to take part:

  • All you will need is a camera of some description, a phone camera will do.
  • A window that looks out from where you live.
  • A tripod is ideal if you have one, but is not necessary to take part.

What to do:

  1. Look out of your windows and identify a scene which includes a large proportion of sky, but also includes something static – it could be a tree, a rooftop, a TV aerial, anything that can remain a constant element in your images. Once you have found your scene, and worked out your composition, this will be your shot for the next few days.
  2. If you have a tripod, and are able to set it up and leave it in one spot then set your camera up so that you can simply keep returning to it, keeping the image the same. If you do not have a tripod, work out your shot just the same and perhaps keep in mind where in the frame one static item is. You can use this as your reference and place it more or less in the same place each time you take a shot.
  3. Then, just take photographs of this scene as and when you like. The images above were taken over one week. They are the same, but different.

Why are we doing this?

This is an exercise in quiet observation. We are all very familiar with the view out of our window, but in this project we are looking at not just the scene, but the subtly changing light. By taking the same photograph at various times of day and in different weather conditions, we are able to capture the subtle shifting of the light, perhaps something we are not typically aware of.

Bringing your images together

The idea is that you use all of your images to create a page of side by side shots of the same scene. This is something you can do yourself if you have the facilities – there are numerous photo editing apps, but it can also be done in a word processor, something like Word.

Happy light catching!