Instinct and Intent – a Self Assignment


I found myself in Singapore last week with an afternoon free to make photographs. It’s a beautiful city, and I was staying near the Marina Bay – an area filled with modern architecture. Although this isn’t my typical subject matter, I decided to follow my own advice and give myself an assignment to photograph the surrounding buildings.

So, I started with the obvious – the prominent, glass high-rises. (The objective is to get out and start making images, which will, in turn, spark another idea and keep the momentum moving forward.)

Then, I started noticing interesting reflections in the surrounding buildings.

As I passed the ArtScience museum, I couldn’t help but stop to photograph some details of the building.

And the roof of the durian fruit-shaped building – The Esplanade, was quite interesting.

Then, I decided to change perspective (literally) by stepping into one of the buildings and taking the elevator to higher ground.

I found the port too interesting to pass up.

“I try not to limit myself too strictly to an assignment when I go out and photograph, because I never know what images might resonate at some point in the future. I might not understand the images that I make today, and it’s only in hindsight that I can discover their meaning and their relationship to my life at the time that I made them.”

FYI – the little white dots in the first image are cars!

On the walk back to the hotel, I decided to branch out and try to include some people in my images. I have enjoyed playing with my tilt-shift lens, and liked the way that I could include people yet hide their identity.

All in all, it was a great afternoon and the assignment enabled me to practice my passion and exercise my creativity.

Have a great weekend.  : )


Posted on 08-31-2017


  • By Elmer Jensen - 5:54 AM on August 31, 2017  

    Lovely and exciting pictures as usual.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 9:30 PM on September 4, 2017  

      Thank you Elmer!

  • By Greg Flynn - 7:09 AM on August 31, 2017  

    I love your abstracts. That is something I enjoy shooting. Finding the beauty within a subject’s elements helps you to appreciate it even more. It also expands the interpretive possibilities.
    Thank you for all you share, the lessons as well as your work. You are truly inspirational.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 9:30 PM on September 4, 2017  

      Thank you Greg!

  • By Bryn - 8:35 AM on August 31, 2017  

    Excellent! No lens fog pictures tho?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 9:30 PM on September 4, 2017  

      Those might have to have a post of their own!

  • By Brenda Delores Poole - 2:27 PM on August 31, 2017  

    You are inspiring to me. I am going out now and make some photos.

    I met you at Thomas Nelson Community College a few years ago and have a few photos of you with students at the college. So glad you came to TNCC. One of the key moments at the college.

    Brenda Delores Poole.

  • By Margaret Fegent - 4:04 PM on August 31, 2017  

    Love these photos – have also been fascinated by the different textures you can capture in reflections in buildings!

  • By Jukka - 7:53 PM on August 31, 2017  

    My neighborhood! Very cool photos. Gotta go and try myself.
    Watched your recent video from Sydney (I think it was from there…). Good stuff as always.

  • By Mirela - 1:23 PM on September 1, 2017  

    Wonderful! Now I will be looking for places to shoot!