My first assignment
with the Your Shot community has been a truly colorful adventure, so I want to
thank all of you who submitted pictures, left thoughtful feedback in the
discussion board, found creativity in color, and offered me a warm welcome
while I’ve been acquainting myself with the community.
Going through more than 16,000 submissions was the most colorful journey I might ever encounter. I purposely left the prompt for this assignment open for all interpretations of what a “pop” of color might mean, which resulted in a hugely colorful set of photographs. I wanted you all to explore color, experiment with how to make an effective composition, and investigate the way we detect color in the context of its setting.
My interpretation of a “pop” of color evolved throughout the assignment, too. For example, Joanna Grzyl’s portrait of a girl and her horse struck me, because not only is it a gorgeous portrait, but the orange also stuck out so suddenly against the muted tones of the rest of the frame. On the other hand, Toni Minchev took a “sweet” approach and filled her entire frame with color and pattern! As I read through the comments on the discussion board, I was intrigued by the various interpretations of the prompt and the conversation around what a “pop” could be. I welcomed all interpretations and could not be more pleased with the final outcome.
Your collective sense of color brought me a wide array of portraiture, landscapes, cultural celebrations, architecture, unexpected colorful relationships, and as always, insurmountable creativity that can only be found in the Your Shot community. I am so proud to share this final story with you all. I hope you enjoy looking through it as much as I enjoyed producing it for you.
Kristen interned at the White House Photo Office under the Obama Administration as well as Education Week. A proud RIT alumna, dessert enthusiast and Finger Lakes, NY native. She is happy and excited to be looking through your photos, providing feedback and supporting your photographic endeavors.