Photo Challenges:
November 2012

"One Is The Loneliest Number"

Last month, I gave you a challenge to start with a title first, and then create an image to go along with it. I gave you a relatively easy title of "Serenity." This month, I'm upping the ante, and doing another, more difficult (I think!) "title first" challenge. I'm using the song title "One Is the Loneliest Number" as your challenge topic.

"One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
One is the loneliest number, much much worse than two"

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It's relatively easy to come up with a photo that contains just one of something. However, this title has another element that you need to capture: a sense of loneliness. That means thinking about the other elements of the photo that contribute to the mood, like color and tone, and amount of space around the subject.

Telling a story using these tricks of visual design is one of my favorite topics! In fact, I've written an e-book on this very subject, so I'm going to give it a little plug right here :-). Check it out now! It could help you with this month's challenge.

Here's a quick example of what I mean. In the first photo below, there is only one figure in the image, however, it doesn't capture a sense of loneliness, and would not be a great candidate for this month's photo challenge. Why not? The gesture of the girl is too happy and carefree, the sun peeking above the clouds is uplifting, and the colors in the image are warm and inviting.

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On the other hand, the image below does give a sense of loneliness. The tree is small within the frame, making it seem isolated; the sky is dark in tone, making it more ominous and foreboding; and the colors are subdued, rather than vibrant.

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My Lonely Onlies

Do these photos give you a sense of loneliness? Think about why or why not.

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"One is the Loneliest Number" Contest Entries

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Everlasting Love 
This pair of wrinkled hands belong to an 87 years old widow who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Although her memories are fading away, she remembers …

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It is not the amount of space around the subject in this photo that creates the sense of loneliness but the expression of the subject itself. This dog …

The Lone Fisherman Not rated yet
One early morning, I captured this lone fisherman fishing around an abandoned ship, background was the skyline of Toronto downtown. The early morning mist …


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