Some friends and I are doing the Dogwood 52 Week photography challenge. We submit a photo each week on a given "assignment" along with commentary and discussion. This week's assignment was:
[Portrait] Messy: Take an amazing portrait of someone, make a mess while you are doing it.
The submissions follow in order submitted along with the photographer's commentary. We'll add other commentary and critique from the group as it comes in.
This one was hard. I wanted to do a candid portrait as usual, but it's hard to "make a mess" without making it obvious what's going on. But then, I went shopping and realized that it's always a complete mess there. I was greedily hoping for there to be a mess in an aisle—I wasn't going to make it, obviously, but I thought it might be good enough. Instead, I realized what a mess running checkout is and took that as my setup.
I was watering some plants and thought putting a camera in the pot might make a cool shot. It ended up taking quite a few attempts to get a cool pattern in the water - it usually ended up looking just like a thin wimpy stream. Continuous shooting mode and a nearby hose were the necessary ingredients for making this shot.
This challenged the definition of messy. And it turns out not everyone is super willing to get dirty for no reason.