Half-week homework: Squares

You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole, but this week your mission (should you choose to accept it!) is to capture something square with a round lens! As usual, you are welcome to interpret the concept in whatever way gets you shooting, but you should incorporate four equidistant right angles one way or another.

Please share any cool results with your fellow photographers on our Facebook page or Instagram tagged #mymikescamera #halfweekhomework. I suspect that this week we’ll be seeing more pictures on the latter. 😉

There are very few naturally straight lines in nature, so this topic should challenge you to analyze the physical pieces of society surrounding you. You can get conceptual—”don’t box me in, man!”—or just scratch that itch in the part of your brain that enjoys order and revel in pure geometry. Tiles are great for this, and it can be both literally and metaphorically grounding to spend some time valuing things most people tromp over with nary a thought about them.

If you happen to be somewhere organized for foot traffic and community, town or market squares will also be considered acceptable! Bonus points if you can find a square-tiled town square.

You can also consider the shape of the photo itself in your quest. If you’re into analog photography, shooting square instant film or with a 6×6 medium format camera is a great way to make your brain think a little differently than it does when shooting more-common 2:3 or 3:4 aspect ratios.

Let’s see those straight lines, folks! Happy shooting…

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