STOP!!! Before you ask about the strangely off-kilter photo above, you should know that today is a TAG TEAM MEGA MONSTER BLOG day. Before you read any further, please click THIS LINK and put the windows side-by-side so that you can see both pages.

All right, now you’ve connected the Joyful Shoehorn and One Step Big Shot, which is what photo blogger Kelsey Ivey and I did in real life yesterday on the UO campus.

I’ve been following Kelsey’s quirky exploits on the Joyful Shoehorn for the last few months. The blog is chock-full of gorgeous photos along with pensive, frantic and/or hilarious descriptions of Kelsey’s adventures in Eugene and beyond.

Kelsey and I superteamed a photo project, which I dreamed up not long after I meditated on the idea of the frame at The Voyeur gallery last fall. I wanted to create a frame, kind of like The Voyeur’s Polaroid window, and ask people to interact with it. What would they decide to put into the frame? What would they leave out? How does a frame create or edit reality?

It’s time to play some blog tennis to find out the answer. Look between the blogs to see what people kept in the frame and what people left out.

A supermodel couple…

An adorable history professor…

A spontaneous shot of my friend Melissa, who happened to drop by.

A European filmmaker who knows his angles…

Notice how the first guy’s raised eyebrow is left out of the frame? His expression totally changes when you cut out the context.
The girl in the second shot’s pretty red hat is removed but for a sliver, but that glimpse of red still adds emotion to the lovely duo’s portrait.
The professor’s photo would have lost its charm had he not perfectly framed that bow tie.
A glimpse of Melissa’s earring becomes the focal point in her wonderfully candid portrait.
And, of course, the filmmaker knows just how to manipulate the frame to his advantage.

The frames uncovered insecurities (see the shot of the dog in the gallery on the Shoehorn, whose owner refused to be in the picture) and revealed values (one kid made sure to thrust his guitar inside the frame, while another left his cup of coffee out of the picture). It just goes to show: what’s left out of the frame can be just as important as the things included.

I have to laud Kelsey’s spectacular photography skills. I mostly harassed passersby while she charmed them into smiling and snapped the shots. What a pro!

Kelsey frames her pinky


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