Creativity Exercise: fork, knife or spoon

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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About the Author:

Sarah Wilkerson is the CEO of Click & Company and also provides mentoring services, teaches advanced Click Photo School courses on composition & creativity, and authors the “Why It Works” series in CLICK magazine. She specializes in low light photography, everyday documentary, and tilt-shift work. A former attorney and Duke graduate, Sarah resides in northern Virginia with her Army JAG husband, four children, and three dogs. Visit Sarah Wilkerson online.


  1. Sarah Wilkerson Dec 23 2010 at 7:40 am - Reply

    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.

  2. Lisa (Tout Petit Pix Dec 23 2010 at 11:29 am - Reply

    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 🙂

  3. Melissa G Dec 23 2010 at 11:41 am - Reply

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

  4. Mindy Dec 23 2010 at 12:38 pm - Reply

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

  5. Holly Thompson Dec 23 2010 at 4:52 pm - Reply

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

  6. Jes Gwozdz Dec 23 2010 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Wow, these are all fantastic!

  7. Nicole Barr Dec 23 2010 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    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.

  8. Margie Duerr Dec 27 2010 at 12:56 pm - Reply

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

  9. wally bothner Jan 01 2011 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    magnificent self portrait in one of them!

    • Armoire Jan 04 2013 at 7:52 am - Reply

      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?

  10. amy scioli Jan 06 2011 at 3:51 am - Reply

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

  11. Alli Jacobs Dec 20 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Love these gorgeous images of such everyday objects! Inspiring!

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