Let me tell you, one of the things I love most about photography is that like many other photographers, I’ve learned to see the world in a different way.
Composition, lighting, textures, are just some of the elements photographers are constantly looking to create compelling images.
I can see images almost everywhere, even when I am not taking pictures I can see frames going through my mind, and because of this I observe things in a different way. I can easily perceive details in objects and places that other people might not see; I can see and enjoy the beauty of highlights and shadows, colors and textures.
Oh yes, when I walk around I also look everywhere, not only what is in front of me, but on the sides, in my back, up and down, because images can be found anywhere.
And of course if I walk around with the camera… oh my… people just don’t get it, I can’t count how many times people passing by asking me what I am shooting at, when they see me pointing the camera down the floor or just to a empty rusted wall… “dude… don’t you see it? I am just shooting the texture in the wall”
And talking about textures, a couple of weeks ago I went to Lake Worth, here in Florida to see the “street painting festival” which is really great, a lot of artists get together to participate in this event and paint in the street showing their art, and one of the images I love from that day is this shot of the pavement almost from the floor, showing lots of colors and textures of an area where kids where doing their own paintings.
Also, during a workshop I took back in January, during lunch we needed to go out and shoot something to bringing it back to the class, and I found this very simple electrical wire going across a rugged dark wall, and I just loved the texture and color contrast and just shot it.
So there you go, photography trained my eyes and brain to distinguish and perceive the world around me in a different way and see beautiful things where other people just can’t, and I love that…
That’s all for now folks, more to come soon, in the meantime get out there and shoot something…