Allowing myself more freedom

By: Darrell Klein

Apr 09 2007

Category: Art, Creativity, Image, photography

1 Comment

Photo:  Forsaken Structures #1 – Jackson, TN

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I just got back from a small trip to West Tennessee to visit my wife’s family.  While there, I was able to go out shooting on a couple of different occasions.  While I was out shooting, I noticed some abandoned buildings and structures.  Some of these buildings are probably vacant because of their age and/or state of disrepair.  I decided that I just wanted to photograph these buildings before I could no longer do so.

I have been to my wife’s hometown several times and have taken many photographs while visiting there.  Many of the photographs I have taken in the past can no longer be taken.  This is due to the fact that the buildings or objects I photographed previously no longer exist or have been significantly altered so that they could no longer be recognized.  This has caused me to change my approach to choice in subject matter.

I have made a conscious decision to allow myself more freedom to shoot photographs.  What I mean is that I am no longer saying “I really don’t need to photograph that building because no one would care to see it besides me”.  There was a time when I would bypass many shots because I thought no one but me would respond to them.  Much to my surprise, once I adopted this approach, I started receiving more positive comments on my photos and choice of subject matter.  Isn’t is funny how that works?

I have found that this approach works especially well when returning to a familiar place that you have photographed before.  A good way to look at a familiar place with new eyes is to remove some of the mental blocks and restrictions that we place on ourselves when looking for possible shots.  When I am able to do this, it almost seems like I am somewhere I have never been before because I see the familiar place as I never have before.  I had such an experience on my recent trip and I am quite satisfied with the images I returned with.  As mentioned yesterday, I plan to keep sharing some of the images and more musings throughout the week.  Stay tuned and thank you for checking to see what I am up to.

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One comment on “Allowing myself more freedom”

  1. […] yesterday’s post, I talked a little about seeing a familiar place with new eyes.  This can be accomplished by […]


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