WEEK 52: Old and New – 2017 Trevor Carpenter Photochallenge

As we wrap up another year of great photography, I want to note that the members of this group continue to impress me with the amazing, creative shots taken every week. Since we’re finishing up the old year and starting a new one, this week’s theme is, aptly, “Old and New“. In particular, I want everyone to take a photo that has elements of both old and new, showing the contrast between the two.

Let’s look at some examples:

NEW AND OLD: Two pairs of Red Wing – Teddy Kwok

I love the contrast between the old and new versions of the same shoe. You can imagine all the work and play that were needed to wear out the shoes on the right.

Old, New, and Blue – Scott Swigart

Architecture is a great place to find contrasting time periods and styles, as with the ~100 year difference between these two buildings.

Old and New – Slilin

The stark contrast between the classic rickshaw and the modern car really helps to create a striking, memorable photo.

Light Bulbs – Takashi Toyooka

Technology is a fantastic way to show the progression from old to new. In this shot, we see a great composition of an old, incandescent light bulb against a newer, more modern compact fluorescent bulb. I love how the fluorescent spiral is beautifully framed by the glass of the front bulb.

Now and then – Svein Halvor Halvorsen

Of course, portraits are a great option for comparing young and old. I love this split portrait, which shows younger and older versions of the same person.

For this week’s challenge, the goal is to take a photo that highlights the contrast between old and new elements. The choice of subject is completely up to you. As always, I encourage creativity, or any out of the box ideas you may have. Get your camera, be creative, and enjoy!

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Facebook, or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo #photochallenge and #photochallenge2017
  • 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.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2017 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.

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About Eric Minbiole

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been absolutely fascinated with anything technical– electronics, computers, cameras, gadgets, etc. Growing up, I loved taking things apart to see what was inside. While I couldn’t always put things back together, I loved trying to figure out how things work. Because of my love for all things technical, I pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering, and currently work as a Software Engineer. I’ve been fascinated with photography ever since borrowing my parents 110 film camera when I was young. It’s been a great hobby ever since: I love experimenting with photos, and trying new things. I especially love technical and/or trick photography. (“Gimmicks!”, as my wife jokingly calls them 😉 ) While I’m comfortable with the technical side of how to shoot, I struggle more with the artistic side of what to shoot in the first place. This is one reason I quite enjoy this group: There are fun, interesting ideas each week. I joined PhotoChallenge as a participant in 2014, and am amazed at how much this group has helped me learn. Each week, I look forward to the fun, creative challenges that Steve, Trevor, Gary, and Jeremy put together. Most importantly, the weekly challenges give me the motivation to get out there and take photos each week. (Otherwise, I suspect my camera might be gathering dust on the shelf.) As well, interacting with the fantastic members of the group– discussing suggestions, techniques, what works, what doesn’t– has been an invaluable help. I am absolutely thrilled to join the PhotoChallenge team– I’ve learned so much from the group, and hope that I can give back a little bit. If you’d like to see some of my photos, please check out my flickr page.

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