Sunday, January 13, 2013

What I see

What I see depends on where I am and where I go.

Obvious I know, but I sometimes feel like my options for pictures is limited by where I live. It seems that middle american suburban living is not as interesting picture wise as larger cities, small towns, European metros, forests, mountains or foot hills.

Maybe it is just an excuse.

What motivates you to take photos? Do you feel limited by your environment or am I just not "seeing" well?


  1. The suburbs are a great photo resource for showing one of the effects of excess consumption on climate change. For me, your photo shows that.

  2. My wife and I have changed over the years as to what we shoot and see. But if it is the "pretty piocture" I will shoot it or if it is a twisted vine on my house railing I will shoot that. No restrictions, "see it, shoot it, keep it, delete it".
    To many people make photography HARD. I t should be satifying and fun.

  3. Hi John: You are so wrong on every count! "Middle American suburban living" may seem mundane to you, but to me it isn't familiar by any stretch ~ so that takes care of your second paragraph because there is usually something very interesting in your pictures, not least how different our respective visions can be.

    With respect to your last paragraph, around the time that you posted "Sea Breeze Roundabout", 1st Nov 2011, I sensed that you had found a style that had your fingerprint on in. That image has stuck in my mind. I think that you have consistently posted other such images since then that have been engaging and interesting; for example the areas where you work, both inside and outside. I would never have thought to have done that yet I sincerely think that your images are relevant and thought provoking. I look at what you post and think, "I walk past stuff like that too, but never notice those sorts of compositions". You however, show me them.

    I go through periods of great self doubt when I feel like deleting my whole blog, that I'm just churning out more of the same old thing, but if I look back I am led to believe that I've grown a lot over the recent years. The really nice thing about our sort of blogging community is that we aren't competitive and that allows us to benefit in a more spiritual and meaningful way from each others work. Regards, Colin.

  4. I don't think there is anything wrong with your ability to "see well". I think everyone experiences the "self doubt" Colin refers to and it's natural to think so. But everything I've seen (and read) on you site is a testament to your ability as a truly fine photographer. The rest of us should be so lucky.