Matt Quinn wrote:
Minnie, I have lived in some gorgeous places -- the Philippine Islands, Montana, Virginia, Cape Cod -- and I always see them in memory as more beautiful than when I was there and regret not having taken more photos or not knowing then what I know now about photography. So, blooming in place is the best resolution, a la Duck, for the new year. Something about dancing with the one who brung you, I guess.
A professional photographer once told me that, in a college course, the instructor took them out into the woods, drew a four foot square for each student, and told them they had to take all their photos from that spot. After several visits of seeing the same scene, my friend finally realized to look under his shoes; a world awaited.
But I know what you mean: my father was born in Sligo, on the northwest coast of Ireland. I have visited there twice for a brief two days during business trips and have resolved to return for a month or more when I can wander at leisure or sit at leisure with a pint -- with camera, of course -- and breathe the air, soak the sun and capture the decisive moments. In the meantime, I try to be grateful for what I have and have been given and open my eyes to what's right in front of me. As you have; you model that for me. Thanks. Matt
I've read of a similar activity by Freeman Patterson, a photographer/teacher I have great respect for. He throws hula hoops from his back door and has the students shoot from within them. His books are some of the best I've found on composition and just seeing.
I agree with you. Though my location is less than ideal for landscape photography (did you ever see an article in Outdoor Photography about a photoshoot in Mississippi? But yet, in these oddball and less than ideal locations, there is more opportunity to develop something creative and new. So let's carry on, shall we?