Shooting Challenge #16 - Park Life

By Martin Snelling on at

I spent absolutely effing ages thinking of a suitable challenge for this week; I've a little black book with ideas, but I just wasn't 'feeling' any of them. So to the bookshelf I went; flicked through some dusty old tomes and still couldn't make my mind up. So returned to the little black book and saw an entry near the top.. "parklife' and then it hit me.

"Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as (parklife)" 

A series of Shooting Challenges based on song titles and lyrics. This was something I had wanted to do for a while, but the time never seemed right. As the days are getting longer, and the weather slightly warmer, now is a good time to get started!

Oh and there's a nice prize on offer this week!


The Brief

This week's brief is simple: capture park life! Using the lyrics below as inspiration, get out there and capture life in your local (or not so local) park. It could be the joggers going round and round or the pigeons and sparrows -- it's entirely up to you. But it must fit the lyrics.


The Lyrics

Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as (parklife)
And morning soup can be avoided if you take a route straight through what is known as
John's got brewers droop he gets intimidated by the dirty pigeons
They love a bit of it (parklife)
Who's that gut lord marching... you should cut down on your porklife mate... get some


Know what I mean
I get up when I want except on Wednesdays when I get rudely awakened by the dustmen
I put my trousers on, have a cup of tea and I think about leaving the house (parklife)
I feed the pigeons I sometimes feed the sparrows too it gives me a sense of enormous well
Being (parklife)
And then I'm happy for the rest of the day safe in the knowledge there will always be a bit
Of my heart devoted to it (parklife)

Parklife (parklife)
Parklife (parklife)

It's got nothing to do with vorsprung durch technic you know
And it's not about you joggers who go round and round and round
Parklife (parklife)


The Example

Last year I spent a day shooting life in Hyde Park London, and based many of the shots on the lyrics to Blur's Parklife (I had a print out of the lyrics in my camera bag). The example image, captured with my Olympus E-PL1, I called 'morning soup avoidance' and was one of the first shots I took on the day.


The Prize

There's a rather natty prize on offer this week courtesy of my chums over at Dodge & Burn -- makers of fine apparel and serigraph prints for the discerning photography fan. One lucky recipient will receive a 20.5 x 28.5 inch serigraph print of the TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) Camera. Screen-printed in New York City, this print features fifteen meticulously drafted classic twin lens reflex cameras. These cameras have played a key role in creating some of the twentieth century's most memorable photographs. You get a choice of either silver or red (pictured below).


The Rules

- Submissions MUST be your own work.
- Submit up to five images
- Photos must be taken after the challenge was published; so no existing shots please.
- Minimal image post-processing is allowed (global changes to levels, brightness, contrast and cropping are permitted)
- Explain, briefly in your submission email, the equipment, settings, technique used and more importantly for this challenge, the story behind the image. Please ensure EXIF info is intact (if image was taken digitally).
- Email submissions to, not me.
- Please ensure your image is at least 600px wide and less than 3MB in size.
- Save your image as a JPG, and use the following naming convention FirstnameLastnameParkLife.jpg
- Don't forget to include a shooting summary (see above).
- Send your best photos by Monday, 15th April 2013 at 6pm UK time with "Shooting Challenge - Park Life" in the subject line.
- Anyone can enter, regardless of location.
- The most important rule -- HAVE FUN