This weeks fascinating and challenging technique from the 52 Assignments book is called Insta Emotion. What is it? How to you capture it?
The book describes it as a way to portray and convey human emotion and suggests that the emotion of a photograph crosses borders and communicates feelings much better than words. Of course, I am taking this in a cat direction!
Portraying emotions is something Instagram is good at, happiness, sadness, humour or laughter can all be captured with a snapshot.
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Emotions are popular hashtags but conveying a feeling photographically – requires a bit of thought.Adam Juniper
Be conscious of the light when you grab your smartphone, compact or DSLR. Soft natural light helps the viewer see and read the face and body of your cat (or human) subject. If you are looking for a reaction, you need to be alert and ready.
Check out the cheeky cat in the image at the start of this post. The picture is a combination of luck and perfect timing.
A special moment of Insta emotion for me was finding a photograph from 2013 when Silver had just been adopted. The photograph is touched with gentle humour. Both Dash and Silver are waiting for the rain to stop to go out to play. I wonder what might Dash be saying to his young friend?
I would note that without my printing off this image and putting it in an album, it might have been lost forever. It will be part of my Instagram posts for this chapter of the book.
Insta Emotion Assignment
For the book’s assignment, you need to capture a reaction. While the book uses a human subject you will focus on your cat’s reaction to something or someone. You know you have succeeded when you capture a look of puzzlement or realisation then post it online and get a positive reaction. People relate. Their cats might do the same thing like this yawning reaction of Toulouse so being photographed!
Something to Remember
Your insta emotion does not have to be a positive or happy one. Your emotion can reflect anger or sorrow. The world would be colourless if we did not acknowledge the quiet or sad moments in life.
Cats we follow and love on Instagram who are part of the Cats on Instagram Community ( #COICommunity) are as much a part of our lives as nearby friends, and their loss often inspired memorial graphics that reach and touch as many as a happy photo.