Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
It seems true that traveling to a new town, city and/or country we tend to observe the world around us more intensely with “fresh eyes” for detail, nuance and environments that have the potential to become great subjects for photographs.
There is unique and visually interesting subject matter to photograph wherever you go. The real challenge for photographers is developing a heightened awareness for his/her surroundings no matter where our travels take us.
Ask yourself….What is the light doing to that old weathered fence or house? Be more aware of textures, lines, shapes and unique designs in nature and man-made structures.
New environments afford us opportunities to look at the world with “fresh eyes” Everything around us is new and offers unique and challenging photographic opportunities. It’s just a matter of having our cameras ready and being alert and observant.
We don’t always have to travel to exotic places to find great subjects for our pictures. Great light for example enhances any potential photograph. Early morning or late afternoon light can activate a mediocre or mundane subject and enhance its visual impact.
So next time you travel to a new town, city or country take a walk with your camera and OBSERVE your new environment with “fresh eyes”. You’ll be amazed at what you will see and capture in your photographs.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt