Photograph what is available

JJWP249If your job takes you to different places or you are enjoying your retirement by having frequent vacations in exotic locations, then good for you. You deserve the perks of your work and the rewards of your long years of employment. And if you happen to be a photography hobbyist or enthusiast (let’s leave out the professionals on this one, they’re probably on field assignment right now), then you got every opportunity to indulge in your favorite activity – capturing the world. But what about others who don’t get to travel or go on vacation that much? I’ve talked about it in my previous post Stuck In The City, of people confined in their every day jobs in the metropolitan jungle who don’t have the rarest chance to sneak out into the natural world. I said in that post that the city itself and everything in it is one big photographic subject. How about those who work at home, or the moms who take care of the kids and the family? We need not go far. This article Finding Good Photographic Subjects In Your Own “Backyard” by writer-photographer Steve Russell deals exactly with that. In the article I like the advice given to Steve by his photo instructor: “In photography you have to work with what you’re given.” This is along the line of a post I made on a book excerpt from George Barr who said that something interesting should take precedence over something photographable. In other words, we need not go on a photo safari, photo excursion or photo cruise (but if you have the luxury of time and the abundance of cash, oh go ahead) in order to create great images. Our backyard, our home and the city we are stuck in has lots of interesting subjects and it’s just a matter of activating our eye for “seeing” what otherwise went unnoticed. You’ve probably seen in my very recent post the picture of colorful clips hanging on a clothesline. Well, that was in our backyard. We photograph what is readily available, with what is already there, with what is around us in our immediate environment. See subjects in a new light, in a different perspective and capture them in a different way. Your backyard is waiting for you. (Photo location: not exactly my backyard but its just 10 minutes from my place)


4 responses

  1. We always think we have to go somewhere to find something when it has been in front of us all along.

    December 5, 2012 at 5:48 am

  2. Junsjazz

    Right you are Jane! Like that wonderful raccoon shot of yours, was that in your backyard?

    December 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

  3. petit4chocolatier

    Completely true!

    December 7, 2012 at 12:11 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks again!

      December 7, 2012 at 1:03 am

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