20 Minute Photoblitz

I have been stuck inside for the past couple days due to the ice and snow in Fredericksburg, so the challenge of my photoblitz was to complete all the tasks in 20 minutes taking pictures of things only in my dorm room.

Here were my tasks:

Here are the photos that I took:

  1. Take a photo of (or something that represents) the moon:

This image was definitely the most challenging for me because when I think of the moon I think of round things in nature, not necessarily ceiling lamps. But this is the closest thing I could find, and it’s not quite as appealing to the eye as a full moon.

2. Take a photo that communicates an abandoned or discarded feeling.

I chose this photo because when I think of discarding things I think of the trash. I chose to take a picture of the recycling bin and not the trashcan because the things in the recycling could be reused, but they were abandoned.

3. Make a photograph of a plastic object.

For this challenge I chose one of my favorite plastic items in my room, my toothbrush holder. Even though it’s silly, it’s cute and it brings me a lot of joy.

4. An instrument that measures something.

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

5. Gauges, meters, and turn signals are all indicators.

I wasn’t exactly sure what this challenge meant about “indicators”, so I took a picture of my fridge’s temperature gauge.

6. Confusion – Take a picture of confusion:

For this prompt I took a photo of my Spanish textbook, easily my most confusing class.

7. Make an image that represents hope.

Although this image is a picture of pictures, it gives my hope because it reminds me of pre-COVID times, and I have hope that we will eventually return to them or times similar enough to them. In this photo there is also a note from an alumni of the lacrosse team here at UMW, which gives me hope for my next for years on the team.

Overall, I really enjoyed this photoblitz assignment. Although we only had 20 minutes for seven prompts, I think that challenged me to be more creative in taking photos that may not directly reflect the prompt, but connecting the photo and prompt. I think this exercise was productive in broadening my visual communication skills.

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