September 12, 2004

Something New In Your Own Backyard

This week's project is ideal for those who don't like to travel. You won't have to get the car fired up, you don't have to walk any distance from your house.

All you have to do is carry your camera into your backyard. Don't have a backyard? Not a problem. Just head out in front of your house, or to any location nearby that is very familiar to you.

In photography, familiarity typically leads to a loss of creativity. While it's quite easy to take photographs of the Grand Canyon if you've never been there before (everything is new and different), it's much harder to find something of interest right around your home because it has lost its novelty.

In this instance, despite your familiarity with the subject, you will be looking for something new. Maybe it's some detail of your home, the water pipes, maybe the electrical lines. Maybe it's something growing in your backyard, or a spider building a web that you had not noticed before.

The wonderful thing about taking your camera into an environment where you think there is nothing to photograph is that you WILL begin to see things that weren't there before.

This approach to photography will improve your ability to find these small details even in new locations. Why is this important? It lets you see places in ways that no one else does. While everyone else might just see the Grand Canyon, you might find a spectacular tree that is just begging to be photographed.

Your photograph of the Grand Canyon becomes a unique part of your experience. While others take the photo that has been taken a million times, you are able to capture something more.

Posted by Chris at September 12, 2004 08:30 AM

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