Time to Play
Sometimes I find myself taking my photography too seriously and need to remind myself to take time to just ‘play’. Last year I attended a National Geographic Seminar in Philly called, ‘Putting the WOW! In Your Nature Photography’. The presenters were Michael Melford and Eddie Soloway. Eddie encouraged the idea of play, suggesting we ‘wander’ and take a look at what’s happening at what he called the ‘back of the stage’. (I interpreted this to mean, be on the lookout for the less obvious.) He spoke of a child’s curiosity and ‘sense of wonder’. Truth be told, I often go out shooting to a specific location with a preconceived idea of the type of image I want. This adds unnecessary pressure to the outing and can often result in disappointment when the conditions are not in alignment. When I open myself up to play, I have more fun and sometimes come away with new ideas. The photo below is merely play or perhaps a study, and not something that will end up in my online gallery. Reflections are always fun and this image reminded me to ‘play’!
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