Week #25: Dress Up

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, June 14 and Sunday, June 21 (noon, Eastern)

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
~ Pablo Picasso
It’s time to get creative, ladies and gentlemen! This week is all about imagination, becoming someone new by dressing the part.

This is a wonderful opportunity to unpack those costumes, get the crazy clothes out of the top shelf, and play make believe. Dressing up doesn’t have to be fancy-pants, of course. It can be simple, subtle, understated.

The goal this week is to take the effort to transform a model, or subject, from one thing into another. It will require some staging, some decision-making, some directing… basically – intentionality. This week, we are inviting you to be not just a photographer, but to be a director.

Dream up a scene, cast a model, choose a wardrobe, and light your scene. Then click away!

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • If you want to retry a challenge from a few weeks back, make your model levitate. It adds a whole new dimension to your image. Review our tips on our website.
  • This is a good opportunity to stage a fashion shoot! (As if you really needed an excuse.) Here’s a good tutorial to get you started. Use the tips presented, but then make it your own by “dressing up” your model, whatever that means to you.
  • Try incorporating more than 1 model, to tell an even more complex, perhaps grand, story.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Fashion album (2013) to get started.

Extra Credit: Dress Up

For “extra credit,” we want to push you to be very imaginative – daring, even – in your casting. In fact, we want you to be recasting. In other words, choose a model or subject to play a role we would not conventionally expect. This is an excellent opportunity for us to consider our own prejudices and stereotypes – why do certain castings strike us as “natural,” and others as “strange?” Should we abide by those classifications or challenge them? Can you “recast” a character in a role that society claims is “miscast?”

Use your (re)casting to imbue your scene with humor, irony, or commentary. This photo, by Kinamon Ron (Week 50: “Opposite”, 2013), demonstrates a well-executed miscasting, filled with story and a strong sight gag. The options are endless: How about a janitor in a tuxedo? Or dogs playing poker? Or Russell Crowe singing? (Boom! We went there!)

Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

Have a challenge idea for 2016?