1.things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.

"there were papers, letters, old boxes—all sorts of ephemera"

2. collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity. "Mickey Mouse ephemera"

Exploring Ephemera...

The art of still life and styling starts long before we press that shutter button…What do you enjoy the most; the gather, the shoot or the edit? I love a good gather, I even have a special basket I use to collect all the bits and pieces (I have learned that I say this A LOT! - apologies), I want for my image. I find it so relaxing……almost zen type meditation putting it all together, this week we are going to look for some slightly more unusual and personal stuff…ENJOY…Someone has already done this a few weeks backs with some sewing items - patterns, scissors and the like (see below). I am sure a few of you may connect with this style of Still Life, and it does NOT have to be old stuff either, got a hobby? Use it! Stamps, coins, sewing, gardening, cooking…need I go on?

Behind the scenes for this week’s Ephemera Shoot - Password MCJ Week7

The Challenge...

This week I am leaving HOW you shoot entirely up to you, shoot top down, flat lay, straight on, side lit, light and bright, dark and moody. It's entirely up to you, but try and get creative and add different sorts of ephemera; old books or letters, old newspaper or collector cards, bits of string or ribbon, old postcards (or new), it does not have to be old, or what about stamps or old photos, what about a collection of photos, old polaroids are amazing, letters, material and patterns - the list truly is endless. Try searching for images and photos in Pinterest using the phrase Ephemera Photography.

Lightroom and Photoshop edits for my images for Ephemera Challenge - Password MCJ Week7

Totally gorgeous Ephemera image by Lisa Lewis, from Week 2

Totally gorgeous Ephemera image by Lisa Lewis, from Week 2

I really cannot wait to see what you come up with this week, #MyCreativeJourney #Ephemera

I am truly in awe of how much you have all grown already, as photographers and a as group. Perhaps take a moment and look back on your images from the first few weeks, see how far you have come in such a short period of time. Perhaps if, like me you cringe a little at earlier shots, don’t be afraid to re-shoot, practice is what its all about, shoot, shoot, shoot and then shoot some more.

~ Julz, xo