Thursday, November 5, 2015

Why I photograph every day....

Here are two photographs taken near my house, in what is remaining of the dense forest that used to surround me until people started moving in and taking it down piece by piece...I walk here every day with my dog and during this time I carry a point and shoot Canon G15 camera...there are mornings or afternoons when it seems there is absolutely nothing to photograph; it is then that I take the camera out of my pocket and start to really look, forcing myself to find something, no matter how insignificant, to photograph.  It may sound ridiculous, but it works..
If you ask any great musician or painter, they will tell you that it takes hours and hours of practice to become proficient...Picasso didn't paint once in a while, he painted constantly, trying different techniques, always learning...Monet spent his older adult life in one place, painting constantly in his garden; Winslow Homer almost his whole adult life painting the ocean and coast...there is a lesson to be learned here, if you want to photograph better and develop an eye for photography and the graphic structure that is important for good images, it must be practiced.
Going on a tour once or twice a year and shooting will not do it!  Wherever you live, take your camera, no matter how boring that area may be, you will find something of value if you look..and if you say, "I don't have time"...then make time.