It’s the first week of the month, which means it’s time for another Monthly Photo Challenge. This month’s challenge is deceptively simple – shoot something orange. But don’t be fooled; making a great image of something orange may be a trickier task than it seems at first (I should know). These kinds of directives can force us to look at the world around us differently, so let’s see what you’ve got.
Do your best to make an interesting or compelling image that makes strong use of the color orange. When you’ve done so, please share them with us here in our comments section (via a link) or across social media. On Instagram, use the hashtag #CasualPhotophileMonthlyPhotoChallenge and tag us in your photos. We’d love to see them and we’ll share our favorites in our Instagram stories throughout the month. Interested readers can also share them on the Casual Photophile Facebook page, or our Film of the Month Club Facebook Group (if you’re a Film of the Month Club subscriber).
Thank you all for being so engaged. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
What is orange?
The word orange comes from the Dravidian language, which I’d never heard of before four minutes ago. It passed through numerous languages including Sanskrit and Old French before finding a home in the English language in reference to the fruit of the same name. The color orange was later named after the fruit (prior to the introduction of the orange fruit into the English-speaking world, the color orange was prosaically known as “red-yellow”). Why is this important? Well, it answers the age old question: Which came first, the color or the fruit?
Legend has it that there is no rhyme for the word orange. However, Willard Espy uses enjambment in his poem The Unrhymable Word: Orange to prove that the impossible is never truly impossible.
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But that’s more than enough of that nonsense. Let’s get to some photos, and then let’s see yours. The following images have been contributed by the writers of Casual Photophile, and credit has been given to each in the captions of the photos. Many thanks to my writers.
[Our article lead image was shot by me, James, and was made with Kodak Ektar – see our film profile here.]
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