September’s Assignment – Landscape Your Life

PignatoRita_Ninepipe-1Many a photographer has been hooked by the shutterbug by way of nature. On a family camping trip with a classic Kodak Brownie film camera in hand, maybe you yourself were captured by capturing a placid lake reflecting mountainous terrain and fir-tree-filled scene as a child. So common is the affliction, that really most photographers we see at the school can be sorted into of two categories; those who can’t imagine creating an image with a human it and those who can’t imagine creating one without a human figure.


So for those of you attracted to the grandiose splendor of nature and for those of you more inclined to create a simulated facsimile, we offer you the opportunity to Landscape Your Life with this month’s challenge. A landscape is whatever your mind and eye can conjure. In the traditional sense, it might be a scene of tranquil beauty in the great outdoors whether in mountainous scenery, grass or farm lands, or city-scapes. In the non-traditional sense, a landscape can be “created” by way of abstract macro photography like capturing the inside of a blooming rose, for instance. Or by exploring the contours of the human/animal body, bed sheets, wrinkled clothes, shiny metallic surfaces, the intricate designs of upholstery all in up close fashion. A landscape can be found anywhere, really, if you get your lens in close enough.

Let your imagination wander to any environment you choose. You’re surrounded by landscapes at every turn – we’re simply asking you to take notice and share them with us. Just make sure there are no smiling faces in your photograph – unless, of course, a close-up of human teeth are your chosen landscape!

All images should be:

• jpeg format
• 72 ppi
• 600 pixels on the longest side
• If possible, we’d love it if the images you submit have your name in the file name and include a watermark (that’s the “© John Doe” at the bottom of the pic). Please submit three to five images.


September 24, 2013

Email all images to Bob McGowan at Submitted images will appear in an online gallery on Paper Airplanes, RMSP’s blog on or about September 27, 2013. All images will be used in the online gallery for this specific assignment only and will be copyrighted to the photographer. An email confirmation will be sent once your submission is received.  If you do not receive the email confirmation, please contact