Tuesday, February 14, 2012
In March I will celebrate my third anniversary of blogging. Blogging has taught me a lot about many subjects but it's probably taught me the most about myself. While I think that I am racing through life not making today count, I re-read my blogs and am reminded of exactly where I was. I have gained so many true and dear friends because of the modern medium.
That's the beauty of photography as well. It allows us to relive an occasion or place or an emotion over and over.
When we began to pull together this blog (Focusing on Life) one of my main goals was to encourage others to stop -- STOP -- yes I said STOP!! and look exactly where you are in your life and find the beauty in the ordinary. Find beauty in the imperfect. Find beauty in a weed. (hence my Thistle)
I had to teach myself to stop looking and start seeing.
Keeping an open mind helps us to start seeing again. As we venture out with our camera we can develop our own artistic style. Artistry is seeing and also composing. You will know a good composed photograph because your eye will be guided to the subject and in a poorly composed photo you won't know what the subject is.
Objects, like my thistle, that used to seem mundane will now have power because they were composed correctly.
It's been said that good photos say more about the photographer than the subjects.
Our camera is objective and our brain is subjective. Challenge yourself to find something that you may not have found worthy of photographing. Maybe just your coffee cup in the morning; and see how, when you take the time to compose,this often over looked item can become a note worthy subject matter.
Do you thoughtfully compose your photographs, or are you simply just snapping away hoping that one of the shots will be a keeper?
We will continue to encourage you to grab your camera and purposefully find a creative subject -- find the beauty -- it's right there in front of you! Get your feet moving and take your camera on a purposeful and seeing adventure.