May is National Photo Month. Do you enjoy going to new places and photographing the exotic locations? Of course, you document your vacations, graduations, weddings, births and monumental moments in your life. But there are lots of “ordinary” moments you are not recording.
What about taking a tour of your neighborhood and taking a closer look at your own exotic location. Walk slowly and purposefully. Take in all the sights and situations you miss in your determined mission to get from Point A to Point B without ever enjoying the journey.
Looking at the world through a view finder can give you a whole new perspective on what surrounds you. Take along a notebook with your camera and jot down your thoughts about the scenes you observe. What are people doing? What do the sunshine and shadows tell you? What are the stories?
Do you feel invisible behind the camera?
Do you feel more power from that location?
Are you more approachable with a camera?
Are you more likely to approach someone else and initiate a conversation when you have a prop – such as the camera?
Perhaps your home offers opportunities to produce unique photos of your objects d’art. Pretend you are an explorer or a scientists and come upon this habitat, scene of domesticity, or work environment and wonder about the person/s who inhabit this place.
What can you learn about the things they love?
What can you learn about the person they are striving to become?
What can you learn about the person they are right now this very minute?
photo credit: Dreamstime.com