I’m currently reading a book called “The Art of Seeing”. It talks about the preconceptions we all have in regards to what we think we’re supposed to photograph, what we think a proper subject is. We frequently take pictures of beaches, flowers, friends, sunsets, etc. because we have seen pictures of those pleasant things in magazines and advertisements. The author asks:
Have you ever taken a picture in your bathroom? At the supermarket? At work? . . . . Have you ever photographed a shoe? A beer bottle? The stem of the flower but not the flower? Do you only photograph only pretty things like flowers and waterfalls?
No, no, no, and yes to the last question. Well, most times. Occasionally, I see something mundane or odd that I look over because it doesn’t seem photo-worthy. Well, this idea of something being “photo-worthy” is what this book is trying to get the reader to challenge. Here are some of my photos that fit this bill:
Tree Stump in Trang, Thailand / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm C200
I have no idea how this happened, but there was a tree stump along with it’s roots in the middle of the beach. It couldn’t have grow there because it’s behind the high tide line.
Palm Frond / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm C200
I actually don’t know if this is a even a palm frond. It looked more like an alien being washed ashore. Rotting alien corpse or palm frond, it made for a cool subject.
Screws at f1.4 / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm C200
I shot this to try to capture the thin depth-of-field I could get from my (then) brand new 50mm f/1.4. Came out with a pretty cool photo despite being a photo of screws.
Control Panel / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm C200
Took a shot of this bare wall in the remains of a house in Khanom, Thailand.
Derelict Home / Nikon N8008 / Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400
Living Room Wall / Nikon F4 / Kodak Ultramax 400
Moss / Nikon F4 / Kodak Ultramax 400
Birds / Nikon F4 / Kodak Ultramax 400