May’s Assignment Gallery – Leap of Faith
Certainly not a new term, “Leap of Faith” has become vernacular for a place where people overcome doubt and are able to trust in their sometimes life-changing decisions. Unbeknownst to us at the time when we posted the assignment, the week prior, a Broadway show of the same name, Leap of Faith, opened (thank you for the FYI, Lisa S.)! As Lisa puts it, “Great minds think alike, maybe.” Well, not so much that, but more like that the timing was coincidental for sure. As we stated in the assignment post, the timing for the chosen assignment non-coincidentally coincides with the beginning of our Career Training program. One of our soon-to-be students, Marisa W. of San Antonio, TX so eloquently wrote about the same exact theme on her personal blog describing her own particular leap. More coincidence perhaps?! Hmmm…
We knew when we came up with this idea for an assignment that it may lend itself to the expression of some pretty hefty themes in people’s lives; not an easy thing to go out and shoot with intention at all. And as we expected, those who took on this unusual challenge did so with uncommon gusto, heart and soul.
In every image is a story. Some are literal expressions of unbridled joy or just good ol’ athleticism and adventure. Others are less literal, sometimes surreal, and always poignant stories of what a jump-into-the-void-and-trust-the-net-will-appear moment or situation in one’s life can appear like in a single image or series of images. All of these are a window into the individual photographer and tell their own unique story, in our humble opinion. They are to be honored for being willing to participate.
And because of the story-telling nature of the assignment, many of those who submitted images also included explanations of how they represent their individual “leaps of faith” in their lives. We feel it’s only appropriate to include their words with their work. Enjoy!
Kudos to the brave souls who submitted images for the very first time. It’s usually a huge first step for anyone to show the world their particular vision of it. See? Wasn’t so scary, now was it? As the year keeps rolling along, we’ll keep on giving you homework…on a monthly basis. If you’ve been experiencing a photographic drought lately, here’s something that may just wet your creative appetite; June’s assignment.
This is my son, Adriel. Obviously, the idea of the camera portrays my passion for photography. It has become vitally important to me;I haven’t ever enjoyed learning and doing something at this magnitude before. And his importance is fairly hard to explain in words/ The quote “asking me to describe my son is like asking me to hold the ocean in a paper cup.” comes to mind. However, he without a doubt the force behind pretty much all of my ambition in life!! — Jesse M.
A Great Blue Heron exits its perch on West River near Naples, NY. For this shot I climbed into my kayak with $6,000 worth of photography equipment, which I frequently do. This is my leap of faith! — Roger B.
This is a stunt man at Old Tucson Studios who has just been shot off the roof. — Ray T.
This is my [photography] business registration. — RMSP SI 2005 Alumni, Bruce “Chippy” C.
The picture of the Pope suspended on the red wooden platform was taken at the Guggenheim Museum in January of this year. The artist, Maurizio Cattelan, is an Italian realist and the show was a retrospective of his work. The Guggenheim chose to hang all of his work from the ceiling so that the viewers walked up the ramps to look at the center suspensions of art. As a Catholic myself it sits just fine with me and to think he was suspended with JFK, the KKK and Adolf Hitler and 13 stuffed dogs of various sizes and shapes certainly added to the imagery of the whole exhibit.
— Lisa S.
First photo contest! — Moe W.
The leap of faith was they would come back up, and not fall out! — Ken S.