Decide upon an emotion you wish to convey, use that as your guide to build your story.
— Ian Teh

Ian adds…
“One of photography’s greatest strengths is its ability to emote through its ability to suggest. How would you frame your image based on the emotion you have decided upon? What colours will you use (or not)? What details will you include (or not)? What elements will be a constant recurrence in your story? These are just some of the thoughts that you could ponder upon. This reductive process helps define a framework that will guide you into capturing that distinct emotional note you are looking for in your story.”

Ian Teh  |  Member’s submissions for #6

Be inspired to be brave.
— Spencer Murphy

Spencer adds…
“Photography can often be a very solitary pursuit and an excuse for the shy to hide. Do something you wouldn’t usually do, photograph someone or something in a different way and subvert the pictures meaning, approach a subject that you’ve been putting off because you’ve been afraid”.

Spencer Murphy  |  Member’s submissions for #5

Make a photograph in collaboration with a subject, that enables the subject to get their message across.
— Tom Hunter

Tom adds…
“In my work I feel that the representing my subjects is extremely important, they are real people and need to be treated with dignity and respect not playthings of an photographer using images to further his own career. I see my work as a collaboration between myself and the subjects, trying to make images which tell stories of a real world for the world.”

Tom Hunter  |  Member’s submissions for #4

Pretend you are an animal (earthworm, cat, bat, sparrow, etc.), imagine what you would perceive and take a photo from this perspective.
— Michael Reisch

Michael Reisch adds…
“It is a question of trying to identify with another being in a maybe emphatic way, although it is totally different from us. Also what I find interesting is that actually the photographers view on things is analogous to the animal view, watching mankind’s strange behavior and projects very much from the outside.”

Michael Reisch  |  Member’s submissions for #3

Photograph an image which exemplifies the essence of altruistic behavior.
— Steve McCurry

Steve adds…
“Neuroscientists believe that there is a neural basis of altruism. The findings, published Dec. 23 2012 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, may shed light on why many animals (including humans) exhibit kind, unselfish behavior that doesn’t directly benefit them.”

Steve McCurry  |  Member’s submissions for #2

Take a subject as far out of context as possible.
— Andrew Zuckerman

Andrew Zuckerman  |  Member’s submissions for #1