For some reason I’ve felt somewhat defeated for the past week. I spent most of today working on my house trying to get repairs done before wet weather arrives, and it did nothing but drain me. So this week the challenge reflects my state of mind. Your challenge is to shoot something broken. You’re looking for something damaged and not working properly, not just old or weathered.

“Mustang damaged, San Bruno Gas Line Explosion, 2010” by Thomas Hawk

Finding something broken shouldn’t be too difficult, so take your time and think about the composition. Consider the position, angle, and placement of your subject in the frame.

“broken macbook home key” by Doctor Rose Garland

The damage can be extensive or it can show a small failure. Also consider the context of damage. Do you want to show a scene, or just focus on what is broken? The image of the Mustang above provides some context, but the image of the glass below doesn’t. Also, notice how the glass uses color to bring out the fractures, while the Mustang and keyboard use black and white to minimize distractions and focus your attention on the main subject.

“broken glass” by  Holger

You also don’t have to find something broken, you can create your shot to convey a message or set a mood. While the theme this week may not be considered “fun”, you can still find inspiration and be creative with something broken. For me, shooting pictures is always fun, regardless of the subject.

“Broken heart” by bored-now

The rules are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Google+Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge.org or #photochallenge2015.
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • The posted image should be a photograph, not a video.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2015 Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.