Same old place, brand new perspectives

 

Although I frequently find that I’m wrapped up in daydreams of my ‘photographer-alter-ego-self’ riding ferries across the Mediterranean, gallivanting through the Serengeti, or roaming the vineyards of Tuscany, I strive to remember that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, or more appropriately, a single photograph.  Controlling my insatiable appetite for adventure and putting the glamour of exoticism aside, I attempt a new challenge and restrict myself to shoot as much as close to home as possible, finding new perspectives in old, familiar environments and exploring new tools rather than destinations…

1.  HOME IS WHERE THE ‘START’ IS…

It’s wet, cold, and rainy, but just before my inspiration became entirely diluted with the all too common Maritime torrential downpour, I decide to challenge myself to scrutinize the environment close at hand, one exposure at a time.  Before getting too shutter happy, I had to really conceptualize this challenge…

What makes a house a home?  What makes MY house MY home? 

I use a new lens that I’m trying to become closer acquainted with (100mm macro), attempting to scour my apartment for meaningful and alluring subjects, not only documenting a place, but a sense of time, or maybe more importantly… of time passing. 

What are the details that make your home special?  Perhaps the antiques passed down through the generations or simply fresh flowers you just bought from the local farmers market.  Start to really look and try to restrict yourself to one area or theme in your home.

2. BACKYARD BEAUTY

I don’t have to venture off overseas to experience exciting plant and insect life.  My yard reveals ample textures and colours, providing for exciting discoveries and captivating compositions.  I take the opportunity to examine the smaller things, like insects and blades of grass, attempting to see everything through the eyes of a child, pioneering this new and exciting world of miniature make believe, which proves to be a tremendous opportunity to continue to delve into macro photography…

3. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Once I had exhausted the splendours of my immediate environment, I ventured off into the wild.  Setting off, like a lioness on the prowl in the tall grasses of the African plains, stalking my prey with the patience and persistence required…

…ok, well, not exactly… more like, leisurely chillin’ with Trent, the neighbourhood housecat… in a flowerbed… in my backyard…

…Clearly I’m still affected with the delusions of childhood fantasy.

I’m fascinated with this particular exercise as I find animals to be peculiar subjects, mostly because they are nearly impossible to control or predict.  You have to be vigilant, stealth, and sly … like you’re tailing them as their silent shadow.  Staying quiet, calm, and slow will eventually gain their trust and open up opportunity for close up shots that would otherwise be nearly impossible to ambush.  Tactics used here can serve to be beneficial towards future endeavours in wildlife photography.

Don’t be afraid to lose yourself in taking a closer look at ordinary or familiar objects and exploring the same old places with new perspectives and tools!! Challenge yourself, experiment with depth of field, consider various colour combinations and think of as many various compositions you can make use of with the surroundings you have. 

Be creative and don’t be afraid to play!  Push yourself more with the subjects at hand, instead of having to travel around the world, bring the perception of a new world to you.