Have you found your creativity lacking a little during lockdown? I have. Ordinarily, my camera is most used out and about, capturing our adventures (mainly at local National Trust properties!) and it’s rarely used at home. I’m so used to snapping gorgeous landscapes, beautiful views and colourful flowering gardens that my toy strewn house and weed-filled garden don’t fill me with the same kind of inspiration. That was, until I took part in a Photography Treasure Hunt over the Easter Weekend.
The treasure hunt offered fifteen ‘clues’ (or prompts) and I had an hour to collect as many as possible. I loved it! It made me see my home and my garden in a completely different light, trying out new styles of photography and attempting things quite different from my usual candid approach. I don’t know about you, but this period of lockdown is encouraging me to view the world in a different way – changing my perspective, my focus and my priorities – and now it seems, that has extended into my photography too.
The Photography Treasure Hunt was courtesy of a Facebook group I’m in as a ‘graduate’ of the A Year with my Camera course. If you’d like to take part in a similar challenge, I’ve listed the prompts below. I’ve saved my responses to the prompts for further down the page, so if you’d like to do the challenge without being influenced by my interpretations of the prompts – don’t scroll down any further than you need to and then come back to see what my images look like, and I’d love you to share your images with me too!
Photography Treasure Hunt Prompts
- Something delicious
- Something you love
- ‘Can you guess what it is?’ Something photographed from an unusual angle.
- Shot with your eyes closed
- Fill the frame with colour
- Something you made
- Something that’s moving
- Something older than you
- Bird’s eye view (from above) or snail’s eye view (close to the floor)
- Something that is alive
- A shadow
- Three of a kind
- Natural black and white
- Something you can drink
Download the Treasure Hunt Prompts
If you’d like to download or even print off a handy list of the prompts, feel free to download this document:
My Photography Treasure Hunt Results
Here are the final images for my Lockdown Photography Treasure Hunt. Some ideas didn’t quite work out, but I’d taken more images than I needed to so I was able to do some jiggling around to make sure I had an image for each prompt.
1. Something delicious
2. Something you love
3. ‘Can you guess what it is?’ Something from an usual angle
4. Shot with your eyes closed
5. Fill the frame with colour
6. Something you made
7. Something that’s moving
8. Something older than you
9. Bird’s eye view or snail’s eye view
10. Something that’s alive
11. A shadow
12. Three of a kind
13. Natural black and white
14. Something you can drink
Now, it’s your turn!
I’m not sure how long lockdown will continue for, or whether we’ll have future lockdowns to contend with, but whether you’re stuck in your own home because of a pandemic or otherwise, I’d definitely recommend this little photography treasure hunt as a catalyst to finding a bit more creativity in your own home. I’d love to see what you snap, so feel free to use the hashtag #lockdownphototreasurehunt. Alternatively, if you’re a blogger, and write your own post sharing your Lockdown Photography Treasure Hunt results, drop me an email or send me a message on Instagram (@hollymadelife), and I’ll link to your post below.