So much of life happens inside something. A house, a car, a sleeping bag, a UFO. Finding images of a…

So much of life happens inside something. A house, a car, a sleeping bag, a UFO.

Finding images of a thing inside something else can be a very powerful compositional tool. (Or an excuse to photograph your baby in long-term storage. Or both.)

Olly in Shelves

The crew here at Automattic plays a photo game called “blank-in-a-blank” when we get together. We try to take photos of any of us inside anything else. Sometimes it’s physical (a taxi, a mirror, an elevator, a silly hat) and sometimes it’s figurative (a state of confusion, a cone of silence, a joyous embrace).

Showing things relative to other things allows you to emphasize a particular subject (a ship in a bottle), show juxtaposition (a clown drinking in a bar) or abstract themes (oil in a puddle). The “inside” idea can be as wide-open as your imagination wants to make it. From the simple to the absurd, it works on almost any level.

josh-whistlerThis week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that says INSIDE.

The difference between a snapshot and an image that makes a memory can be something as small as clever composition. That’s what blank-in-a-blank lets us at Automattic do and what looking for images that explore “inside” can do for your photography.

— Josh

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  1. What a great shot but so wrong LOL….I know how fidgety babies can be, mine would have thrown themselves off that chair and on to the floor had they been there, so I hope whoever was holding the camera was quick handed to catch should that happen 🙂 Now to get thinking on my shot! 😀


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