“An egg? Really…an egg? Why an egg for this contemplative photography project.?”
Many, many years ago, I was brave enough to attended an introduction to drawing class offered through a local art museum. The first drawing lesson included the use of charcoal with a single subject–a white egg. This elementary endeavor to draw an egg opened my world to the gradients of the whitest white to the multiple shades of grays and then to the blackest black. The other art lessons within this art class also served to be an introduction to the dynamics of perception and awareness that flow within moments of silent contemplation.
So, why not use an egg as a subject in a mediative photography project? Two minutes “being with…looking at…contemplating” a white egg, a small white bowl, on a white piece of cloth for each image. Ten photographs within 20 minutes.
My commitment to the single egg wasn’t able to silence the whisper and restrict the impulse to, “include a small yellow ball.”