July’s Assignment – Before and After

This month, we’ll ask you to dry off a bit from last month – or not – and attempt to photograph with a little different mindset. We encourage you to capture a scene that existed in one moment, and then the exact same or similar subject or idea after any amount of time has passed with the assignment “Before and After.” Speaking of wet, how about a freshly-bathed dog and the same said animal after he or she is dry? Is the glass half full…and then completely empty or full? When the ocean tide goes out, doesn’t it then come back in? A burning candle in the afternoon and then again in the evening. Catch the drift? Maybe you’ve already taken images of a landscape in the dead of winter and returned to exact same spot at the height of summer. I’m going to go out on a limb and say, “I bet it was different!”














Being creative in your thought and process is encouraged. A juxtaposition of two unique images can tell the story of before and after. A change in direction of a light source or unique filter can make any subject appear different in color, shape or feel. The truth is nothing is exactly the same after a singular moment in time. Nothing. With all those atoms and molecules bouncing around that make up all matter, it’s the miracle of the universe that makes it so. We’re all existing on a spinning ball spinning around a star buried deep within a spinning galaxy, etc, etc, etc.  No matter what your subject is, it will never be the same immediately following…3, 2, 1…now! Any photograph is the freezing of a moment that is already history the second after it was taken.

Show the passing of time’s effect on any subject you choose by shooting a series of two to three images. From people to plants to traffic patterns to ancient rock formations. Feel free to dig into your archives, maybe even old family photos. And an idea can be a subject as well. How does an idea evolve over time? Hmmm…good question. Can you express it? Let’s see how you can portray something as simple yet elusive as the effect of time. Subtle change or radical alteration; make your subject appear different. According to Albert Einstein, it’s all relative anyway. But you might want to hurry, time’s a wastin’!

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 no more than three series of images; 2 to 3 images each.


July 25, 2012

Email all images to Bob McGowan at bobm@rmsp.com. Submitted images will appear in an online gallery on Paper Airplanes, RMSP’s blog on or about July 27, 2012. 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 bobm@rmsp.com.


2 thoughts on “July’s Assignment – Before and After


I love this months! I’m so excited to see everyones 🙂

July’s Assignment Gallery – Before and After : Paper Airplanes

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