Collectif Creativity: 11Jan2023

by Milo Smith

Recently at Photo Club, Francois Desjardins has been reviewing the development of photography and of the many different schools that developed over the last almost 200 years.  I have been imitating the pioneers.

#1 is a daguerreotype style image made at the Heritage Trail event in 2019.  I found this young lady in a period dress standing shyly in the shade of the blacksmith shop (she did say yes to the photograph, and I hope she doesn’t mind me using her image as I don’t have a signed release from her).  I tinted the image slightly sepia and then made it look like an old and scratched daguerreotype from over 150 years ago.

Heritage Trail. Alexandria’s 200th Anniversay Celebration including Dunvegan.

#2 is an homage to Edward Weston of the group f64 and his Pepper #31.  I made mine in a baking pan (he used a metal funnel).  His has great depth of field and I used focus stacking to give mine a similar depth.

Peppers after Edward Weston.

#3 is after André Kertész, an abstract photographer.  He often made images of objects casting shadows.  I made this one on my patio in full sun.

Arty Shadows after André Kertész

#4 is after Man Ray, another abstract photographer,  who often made “Rayographs”.  My imitation was made by inverting a black and white image.

Shadows in Mill Square after Man Ray

Collectif clan, share your creative activities! Send JPG image(s) to with up to 100 words per image describing some or all of: what you did, materials used, inspiration, challenges, mindset, etc. Share how/if creativity affects (controls?) your life. Please include size (height by width), title & media for each image.

Writers – we want to hear from you! Send poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Try to include an image of some sort because that’s the media world we live in. 

Everyone, share informative, inspiring Show & Tell demonstrating the creative mind.


  1. I find them fascinating except for number 2 which I don’t understand. The pepper looks very distorted, creating a threatening sort of mood.




    • Ruth: Google “Pepper #30”. Weston’s image looks like a body builder to me. I wasn’t lucky enough to find as good a pepper as he did. I did like the contorted look of my pepper. It is not supposed to look like a normal pepper. Threatening is fine with me.


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