Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Chopped" for photographers

I finally watched "Chopped" on the Food Network last night. For those of you who haven't seen it, four chefs are matched against each other. They must make three courses: an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. After each course, the judges select the one chef who came up short and they are "chopped" and can't continue on. The kicker is that each course must include all of the ingredients in a mystery basket, and the ingredients are "interesting": one appetizer last night needed to be made from lump crab meat, grapefruit, bran flakes...and a rubber duck (okay, I made that up, but you get the point). It's amazing what interesting and potentially great dishes these chefs concoct with these discordant ingredients in a mere half hour. The challenge shows how truly talented these people are.

So, this got me to thinking: What if we had a "chopped" competition for photographers? Four photographers matched head to head in creating a portfolio of prints from three separate funky challenges. Like "Create a portrait of a baby with ISO 25 Kodachrome, a plastic Holga camera, a flashlight and a construction helmet." It would be really cool to see which photographers really knew their stuff AND could create highly quality images despite being hamstrung by the requirements.

I'm just saying I think it would be fun and really interesting. I'm in if anyone wants to create a pilot episode. :)


Anna Case said...

I think that's a great idea, I'll work on something!

Lisa Mtichell said...

The first time I saw Chopped I wrote my self a note and left it above the coffee maker in the kitchen - why don't they do a reality/competition for photographers. Didn't know how to take it any further the next morning! But I so agree!