the way it usually does. For me, taking photos is not a cerebral pastime,
and to try to label it that way is not coming easily. So I'm going to try to
do it literally.
I looked for themes. And really, every image I photograph pulls me in
by its beauty. And the beauty is always born out of one of the reasons
that I photograph. So that's my theme: “Beauty everywhere.” Whether
it's found or made.
Some of the things suggested I consider as I reviewed my inspiration file:
I recently read a quote by Virginia Woolfe that really resonated with me:
Make visibleI like to photograph things that others might miss. For example, a basket
what without you
never have been seen.
of flowers completely blocking a doorway...
The reflection of a hubcap on a parking lot...
or a bridge over the water...
I also like to photograph people...
It's always got to look decent in the frame. And I like to create unusual
I like to ignore the rule of thirds because it creates tension...
and I love messy compositions that make the viewer work to see...
I prefer to utilize whatever light I'm shooting in to help create the mood
of where I am, rather than using artificial lighting (I rarely, if ever, use
a flash). This can be challenging since my activities often place me in the
glaring sun smack in the middle of the day. But I like the challenge of
making it work..
and sometimes I do get lucky to be in the right place at the right time...
Elements of Design.
I never gave this one much thought. Again, it's cerebral to beyond
where I'm willing to go right now. But it does seem that the elements
do play a large part in my photographs. Why else would I photograph
a grape sitting in a bottle cap...
a duct taped covered basketball lying around my back yard...
or my nephew's dirt covered nose...
So there you have it. For now, my photographic eye:
- Subjects: beauty everywhere, capturing what others might not see, people
- Composition: seeing things in new ways
- Natural light
- Photographs as design