We were talking with some Freshman students at the University of Illinois recently about ideas and how to come up with them.
We were talking with some Freshman students at the University of Illinois recently about ideas and how to come up with them. We suggested that when you are searching for ideas that it can be useful to look at everyday words and see if they cause a reaction that then could be rendered in photographic terms. Luke randomly thought of mustaches and googled the word on his mobile device during the lecture. He read the wikipedia entry and shared with the students the origins, history and details of notable mustaches. In many cases the most celebrated mustaches were often fake or artificially enhanced. Groucho Marx, Adolf Hitler, Frieda Kahlo and Marcel Duchamp were just a few of the names we discussed. In response we asked the students to make a mustache over the weekend out of any material and we would photograph them. We loved them all. Our favorite is by Breanne. It is made of prairie grass that was growing near her home. She is 18 and her stoic veneer impressed us greatly.