Through The Lens Thursday #26: Imperfect

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is ‘Imperfect’.

Imperfect - Eggs

Imperfect - Eggs 2

Ah, imperfect eggs. Funnily, I photographed these last week for smooth, and when I looked at the pictures, I realized they weren’t. Smooth, that is.

I wish I could give you some wise words about imperfectionism. About how nothing, absolutely nothing is perfect (Brad Pitt’s looks withstanding). That life isn’t, motherhood isn’t, even babies aren’t. But I have nothing but pictures of eggs.

So, there, my imperfect post. 

(What do you think of these ‘imperfect’ photos? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!)

Next week’s prompt: Mess

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

Summer is here and I know you want those kids out the door and playing outside! A few of my mom friends had some awesome ideas for cheap and fun activities for kids, and I shared them at Everyday Family! Do check it out, thank you.

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • June 26, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Is it bad that I saw that it is breakfast time and I saw the eggs here and thought I need to make breakfast? But seriously, I never would have thought to use eggs for this prompt, but after looking at your photos, couldn’t help but agree with you about the shape, color and even texture of the eggs being imperfect.
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    • July 1, 2014 Alison

      Eggs = breakfast = total sense!

  • June 26, 2014 Tamara

    Like Janine, I thought of breakfast. I still haven’t had any! So many mouths to feed around here.
    I think fresh farm eggs are imperfectly perfect.
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    • July 1, 2014 Alison

      Ah, the bliss of imperfect farm fresh eggs.

  • June 26, 2014 Clare

    I love the two eggs side by side. Nice close up shot.
    I need to think about my Imperfect picture today, next week’s should be easy around here!!! x
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      I think mess is going to be EASY PEASY!

  • June 26, 2014 Christy

    Nicely captured! I love that there are all different color eggs, but it’s funny how the only ones I had growing up were white, from the supermarket.
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      We’ve always had brown eggs in Malaysia!

  • June 26, 2014 Katie

    mmmm. eggs. I really like these shots. They are so crisp, yet soft.

    And Mess? Oh I could do a month of photos of mess πŸ™‚
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! And yes, MESS. I already have a ton of pictures!

  • June 26, 2014 Rebecca

    I don’t understand why Brat Pitt ages so beautifully? It’s not fair to get better looking with age. Really!
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Right? The man is 50 and still looks gorgeous!

  • June 26, 2014 Natalie

    I always love the subject that you choose for your theme!
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Natalie!

  • June 26, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Imperfection is beautiful.
    I did not think of breakfast! I thought about how cool it is that chickens create brown eggs! Wonderful. xxxx
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      We only get brown eggs in Malaysia! Isn’t that awesome?

  • June 27, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    Love your image. It is an out-of-the-box characterization of the word, imperfection.
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Rudri!

  • June 27, 2014 Clare

    PS, can you believe that we are halfway through the year and the challenge! Wow! We are getting a great collection of photos, thanks for thinking up TTLT Alison. x
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      I love that we have made it this far! I like to think that we have definitely improved, and not going back to auto mode EVER.

  • The second shot is really lovely. Eggs are wonderful. So delicious, so versatile and so simple to cook.
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Tinne!

  • June 27, 2014 Akaleistar

    Great pictures! Imperfect eggs but a delicious breakfast πŸ™‚
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you!

  • June 27, 2014 Tess

    Lol, I want breakfast now too. Like imperfection-it’s original!
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Hah, thank you Tess!

  • June 27, 2014 Christine

    While everyone else seems to automatically think of breakfast, I thought of dinner since, well, I just had scrambled eggs for dinner tonight! I do like how you’ve captured the texture, especially in the second photo.
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      I think eggs make a good dinner dish too! And thank you.

  • June 27, 2014 Rorybore

    I think those eggs look pretty darn good!
    Hubby is the egg specialist in this house… I never make them quite right it seems, unless I just boil them for 6 minutes. I think they’ve turned out differently every single time.

    Now…back to Brad Pitt. πŸ™‚
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      My husband thinks he’s the egg expert in our home too πŸ™‚

  • June 27, 2014 Jessica Dimas

    Besides making me hungry for some eggs, I love the way the colors of the eggs popped out and I also liked the textures and shapes you captured!
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Jessica!

  • June 27, 2014 Allie

    Hmmm. This is very tough because, like you said, everything is imperfect. It’s not lost on me that you photographed TWO eggs, side by side πŸ™‚
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Good catch, Allie. πŸ™‚

  • Interesting thoughts actually.
    Brad Pitt – perfect indeed.
    My eggs, mostly imperfect except for one – just one special egg – Chelsea.
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Aw, that’s sweet, Nicole.

  • June 28, 2014 Greta

    We’ve gotten farm fresh eggs so long now that when I run out and have to get them from a store, the perfection freaks me out! This is a great shot.

    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Greta! We’re HALFWAY through, can you believe it?

  • June 29, 2014 Kristi Campbell

    Why did my first comment not come through? Anyway, said that I hope you’ll give me some photography tips because your egg photos are amazingly gorgeous and wow, that you can photograph eggs and make them look like art is inspirational (and depressing). Ahh Brad Pitt. yum. Also I’m hungry.
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      Oh gosh, I’m just an amateur, I am no one to give out any tips! πŸ™‚ But thank you, you’re very kind!

  • June 29, 2014 Holistic Wayfarer

    The eggs that don’t make it to the stores are even more imperfect. Some asymmetrical, some twin (fused)!

    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      I’d loved to see and photograph those!

  • July 2, 2014 Andrea

    Very cool close-ups! I think eggs are beautiful photography subjects, perfect or not.
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    • July 2, 2014 Alison

      They are! I had a fun time with this one.

  • July 5, 2014 Kim

    I see eggs and I think baking. Is that wrong?
    Nothing is perfect, that is for sure. But freshly baked cookies, still warm from the oven, come *pretty* close. πŸ™‚
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    • July 5, 2014 Alison

      NOT WRONG! πŸ™‚

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