The Monday Muse Week 11

09 November 2015

Region: London

The Monday Muse Week 11

The latest weekly amusement from RPS London.  This week, our muse is ‘feelings not appearance’.

Those of us who attended last week’s inspirational talk by Anderson & Low Hon FRPS came away with a much greater understanding of the philosophy and planning that underpin their work.  One of their key decisions is the choice of visual language to record the response they have to their subjects and to emphasise what a subject feels like rather than what it looks like.  But for most of us, this is not as easy as it sounds.

Using this idea as our starting point, we’ve found an interesting exercise, set by Jeff Jacobson (based on an assignment he originally undertook as a student of Charles Harbutt), in The Photographer’s Playbook.

“You are leaving on a spaceship and the only thing you can take with you to describe life on earth is your photographs.  They must describe what life feels like to you (not just what it looks like) in order to give a sense of this to anyone you might encounter in space using only the photographs you make for the assignment, no words.”

There is no limit on the number of images that you upload, but we suggest at least three.

The Monday Muse is an ongoing initiative.  There are no deadlines and you don’t have to take the photographs in the week that the Muse is set.  Once you’ve set up your album, you can add to it any time.  A list of previous Muses can be found here.

Monday Muse Info

As the inspirational ideas we posted as part of the Bleeding London project proved to be so popular, we’re going to continue the theme with The Monday Muse.  Every Monday, we’ll be posting an inspirational idea for the week, with links to tips and suggestions on how to achieve the best images.  We’ll be featuring our favourites here on the blog and in our monthly eZine Capital Interest.  And just to add a bit of competition, we’ll be running a points league.  There is one point for posting an image and there will be occasional bonus points.  At the end of the year, whoever has the most points will receive a gift voucher to spend in the RPS shop. 

What to do next

Take your images showing what life feels like.

EITHER upload it to your Monday Muse album in the RPS galleries and send the link to  

OR post the image (or a link to it) to the RPS London group on Facebook

OR tweet it (@ The_RPSLonfon; hashtag #rpsmuse)

OR upload to Instagram (hashtag #rpsmuse)


Small Print

Images must be taken after the topic has been announced.  By submitting to The Monday Muse, you agree that we can use your images on the RPS website and in RPS publications.  Copyright remains with the photographer.  Full accreditation will be given.