Surely you remember Color by Numbers paint sets and watercolor books, right? They help the novice “create” a work of art they might not otherwise have been able to create. The numbers give specific instruction and guidance on what and where you put the color, in order to achieve a prescribed and predictable outcome. Even the recently released Valentine’s Day movie was called a “paint-by-numbers” romantic comedy.
The question of the day is…
Are you a color-by-numbers photographer?
The entire reason I started thinking about this is that today is Theme Thursday for tasra365 and our theme is numbers. As I began to look at some of the other photographers images, I saw numbers in creative places and shot in interesting ways. So I began searching for my theme Thursday photo… and wanted to be different.
That’s when I stumbled upon this and knew I’d found my numbers.
These are images of a Mayan calendar my husband and I had created for us on our honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico. It’s an authentic Mayan calendar, considered to be the most exact calendar in the world. According to the information we got, the Mayan calendar began on the 12th of August in the year 3,113 B.C. The date represented by the numbers is our wedding day!
So what do you think? Are you a color-by-numbers photographer? What behaviors, thoughts, or even images would qualify someone as a photographer by numbers? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Manual: Page 89—AF Area Mode
Images: Looked at images by Chase Jarvis, Scott Bourne & Frederick Van Johnson.