Creativity Exercise: fork, knife or spoon


I know – totally bizarre, right?  When I first read the challenge I was all “Um….okay….can’t wait to see how people approach this one”.  But then the sum total of my creativity could fit in a thimble so I should have known I would be amazed yet again by the creativity I’m surrounded with every day at Clickinmoms.

The exercise challenged members to find a way to make the ordinary extraordinary. Shoot a fork, knife,or spoon (or any combination thereof). The utensil(s) need not be your primary subject but should figure prominently in your artistic vision. Think about abstract art, work on your macro work, create a commentary about domestic life, take a utensil out of its normal environment and do something quirky … the sky’s the limit! Just get creative!

And so they did….here’s a few:


Lisa Tichane


Alessandra Manzotti Bunch

Kelley Prickett

Monica Wilkinson

Nicole Barr

Melissa Gibson


What’s the best way to improve your photography? Shoot thoughtfully and frequently! Try new things and embrace creative and technical challenges. Every month, Sarah Wilkerson posts a new tutorial and challenges our members to join in a new Creativity Exercise on the Clickin Moms photography forum. At the conclusion of the exercise, we select Editors’ Choice images from among the exercise submissions and share them here with you on the blog. Congratulations to the ladies whose photographs included in the exercise above were selected as this month’s Editors’ Choices, and thank you to everyone who participated in the exercise!

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Duke graduate and former attorney Sarah Wilkerson joined Clickin Moms as a member photographer in 2008 and quickly became a leader in the community. Together with Kendra, Sarah has led the evolution of the company’s mission, program development, and position within the greater photography community. She currently resides in New York with her Army JAG husband, three sons, one daughter, and two dogs. Sarah shoots with a Nikon D4, enjoys tilt-shift and atmospheric black and white work, and instructs CPS’s upper level composition courses: Elements of Design and Composition and Creativity.

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  • Beautiful! Love how everyone thought outside the box. These would make great kitchen or dining room wall art. And thanks for calling my exercise "bizarre," K. Hahaha.

  • Yayyyy! Thanks for showcasing my pic :)

    All those entries are soooo creative!

    And Sarah, I love it when you have bizarre ideas like this, those challenges are so much fun :)

  • Melissa G says:

    I really love the creativity exercises! It really helps me to think and see things differently. Thanks for choosing my itty bitty spoons! :)

  • Mindy says:

    I love these and all the different takes on the exercise!

  • Great work, ladies!!! I'm so impressed with the incredible creativity at CM! Cool challenge, too, Sarah!

  • Jes Gwozdz says:

    Wow, these are all fantastic!

  • Nicole Barr says:

    Completely honored that my pic was posted with these talented ladies. This was my first creative challenge that I participated in. CM is such a huge source of inspiration for me, it oozes creativity.

  • Margie Duerr says:

    My creativity stinks. I love to get inspired by others. These shots are fantastic!!

  • wally bothner says:

    magnificent self portrait in one of them!

    • Armoire says:

      My brother works in aneirtisvdg- we got drunk the other night I was disgusted when he said that his official role is that of ‘Racial Adjuster’. He goes through all the ads running in different countries and ‘cleanses’ hands faces for images the locals might not like on race/ethnic grounds.He said “if the ad’s running in the Far East, forget black faces- they all think black people are dirty monkeys over there!” His wife is black- how can he even look at himself in the mirror each morning?

  • amy scioli says:

    I really love this! You all showed us how beauty can be found everywhere! Definite creative energy flowing here:) Thank You!

  • Alli Jacobs says:

    Love these gorgeous images of such everyday objects! Inspiring!

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