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 is an Associate Photo Editor with the Your Shot team. She 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, Kristen is excited to guide your photographic journey!