LPA Student Challenges – Challenge No2

The Challenge – submit an Image on the theme “New Year.”

Deadline – 16th Decemeber.


What is New Year?

On the old Roman calendar, March 15 was the day which began the new year. The March date had basically been considered the beginning of spring, a logical time to begin a new year. But for political and military reasons, January 1, 153 B.C. became the day to observe the beginning of the new year. From then on, the Roman year began on January first, and has continued until this day. – sharefaith.com

Associated with new year

New Beginnings –  A clean slate. The opportunity to start over. The chance to do better. It’s here! The start of a new year gives all of us the wonderful new possibility of making a positive change in our lives. In reality we can make a fresh start at anytime of the year, but we tend to realize this more at the beginning of a new year.- New hope now

New years Eve (Hogmany)  – The evening of Dec 31, often celebrated with parties – Collins dictionary. New Year’s Eve is celebrated because it signifies the end of twelve months in a person’s life. During this day, people reflect on the good and the bad of the year that’s just passed, and make choices and resolutions for the coming year. The anticipation for New Year’s Day also gets people in the mood to celebrate.- uk ask.com

CalendarsA calendar is a chart or device which displays the date and the day of the week, and often the whole of a particular year. – Collins dictionary

FireworksNoise making and fireworks on New Year’s eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and use them to spectacular effect in their New Year’s celebrations. – infoplease.com

The Bells / strike of midnight / countdown to midnight – It is traditional to stay up and see the old year out. Its exit is usually noisy. All over Britain there are parties, fireworks, singing and dancing, to ring out the old year and ring in the new. – Project Britian

Auld lang syne Immediately after midnight it is traditional to sing Robert Burns’ “For Auld Lang Syne”.  –  Rampant Scotland

Friends / Family – It is traditional to greet the New Year at midnight and then celebrate at least the first few minutes in the company of friends and family. – Around the world

Parties / Alcohol – Many people see the old year out with a party, welcoming in the New Year with toasts of champagne, and exchanging good wishes for a ‘Happy New Year’. In Scotland, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with much drinking and revelry as Hogmany, which traditionally lasts for a day or more into the New Year. – Project Britian

 New Years resolutions a promise to yourself or decision to do something, especially to improve one’s behaviour or lifestyle in some way, during the year ahead – Collins dictonary .

according to the daily mail the top 10 new years resolutions for 2012 were

1.    Lose weight

2.    Get fit

3.    Eat more healthily

4.    Save money/spend less

5.    Get a new job

6.    Spend more time with people who matter

7.    Try new experiences

8.    Get out of a rut

9.    Visit a country you’ve never been to

10.  Read more

source – Dailymail.co.uk

I intend to approach this project from a more conceptual point of view, symbolising the new year with new beginnings / fresh start.

In the background of the frame i will have  a bright and airy window / french doors with a figure looking outwards symbolising looking out/forward to a brighter day / future.

Examples of someone standing at the window:

window figure 1Image source – Think Stock

window figure 2Image source – Asia Images group

I will use a shallow Dof to throw this background out of focus bringing the viewers attention to the  foreground of the image

The focal point of my image will be a  calendar  in the foreground of the frame displaying the month of December. The calendar will have all the dates crossed off in red leaving the final box unmarked,   this will   imply that the date is the 31st (hogmanay)

Calendar Example –

calendar 1Image source – 123rf

Template-December-2013-CalendarImage Source – Free Printable Calendar. net

I aim for the image to be bright and airy throughout giving a dream like effect. similar to the image below.


Image Source – sigmaphoto

Image submission:

graham 1onlineImage © Sylvia Shek

For this image I decided to have the crumpled calendar placed in the waste paper basket,  this  was to emphasise the fact that the year has come to an end and therefore the calendar has been thrown away, symbolising  “out with the old in with the new” . The french doors  signify the tradition of opening doors  to let in good luck and the  the warm colour pallete  combined with  the bright airy high key tones  are significant to emphisise bright / new beginnings . The figure looking out of the window signifies looking out to a brighter future. I emphasised this element by adding a sunlight flare in the direction that the figure is looking towards.


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