As I go my daily routine I have found that I must be observant of the environment around me. Like most people I have a full life with obligations that I must carry out. If I was to scurry around and kept my blinders on, seeing only what is in front of me I would never notice the little nuances of the world.
It is one of the things I talk about in my History, Art and Culture of Photography classes. That one must be observant at all times and look past the usual and see the unusual. When you look at the photographs of those who produce extraordinary work, this is one of the hallmarks. The keen eye of observation allows them to document the world as they see it and wish to express it.
Now this is where the controversy of what is a good photograph and what is a great photograph occurs. If you look at the photo's that have achieved the highest purchase price you will no doubt wonder why some achieved that stature. This area particularly underlines the subjectivity of our medium and gives raise to the question of who makes these decisions. I wish I could give you an answer. There are many scholars, curators, artists and collectors that can argue the merits of just about any image, both positive and negative.
What it comes down to in the long run is that as a creative individual, we ultimately decide what we want to portray of the events and environment around us. When we see in an unique way, we open the possibilities to create those works of art. Allow yourself to see the unusual in your every day.
May 21 A walk around the neighbourhood with Luke on his lunch break allowed me to see a variety of interesting views. All three captured with the iPhone.
May 24 My boy's had a rehearsal for their dance recital that was coming up on Saturday. A chance to photograph them in their outfits before the show.