Remember the time when being ill meant skipping school and staying in bed all day, while someone else took care of you? Nowadays, being ill just means cancelled plans, inconvenience and boredom.
Imagine my disappointment when I had to trade in a long-awaited museum visit and a photo-walk around the city for warm socks and paracetamol.
Determined not to waste my limited time in Moscow, I decided that being stuck at home doesn't have to mean doing nothing all day. In fact, being limited in your choice of surroundings can really help develop creativity and attention to detail.
After a day of shooting in my apartment with little prior planning, here are some tips I've come up with that can help you stay productive indoors, wether you're fighting off a cold or passing a rainy Sunday at home.
Observe your surroundings
Your living space is something you experience every day, so it's easy to just not pay attention to it most of the time. But if you stop and look around you, really look, you may start noticing things that you never saw before. The way the light falls through a particular window, how the kitchen cabinet aligns with the counter, cool shadows from a lamp in the corner - try to look at your space as someone seeing it for the first time. Pay attention to lines, shapes and values rather than objects.
Change your perspective
Even the most mundane and familiar things can surprise you when you look at them in a new way. The easies thing to do is to move closer, sometimes a lot closer, but you can also experiment with different angles, focal lengths and camera settings to make simple objects look fresh and interesting.
Photographically speaking, of course.
My undying love for self-portraits is a topic for another day, but one of the reasons I do them so much is definitely convenience. Working with a model, professional or otherwise, is always a collaboration to an extent, not to mention requires time and effort to set up. Being your own model is great because you're always available and don't require explaining what it is that you're doing - you just pop the camera on a tripod and shoot away, whenever you feel like it, making it a perfect activity for when you're home-bound.
See more images from this photoshoot here.