Saturday, June 2, 2012

There's nothing to take a picture of...

When I first started my journey into photography, I often struggled with finding interesting subject matter to photograph.  I would look at other people's work and become inspired, but in my world the opportunities just weren't there; at least that's what it seemed.  The reality is quite different.  There are countless beautiful and interesting photo opportunities all around us; hundreds pass us by each day.  The issue isn't a lack of opportunities, the issue is that we don't see them.  With time and practice, we start to see more and more of them, appearing to us out of thin air.  Our eye becomes tuned to colour, light, texture and form and through this, a magical world presents itself, ripe for capture.  Things that we walk right past each day, begin to stand out.  Whether we're waiting in a restaurant, walking through a shopping mall, or home preparing a meal, it's all around us.  This is the practice of contemplative photography; the art of seeing.  We allow the image to present itself rather than hunting for it. It takes time and practice, but the experience is rewarding.  I carry my camera with me almost everywhere I go so that when something appears, I'm ready to capture it.

This image was captured last night in an Asian restaurant.  A simple picture of nothing, yet an intriguing image.

You can find more contemplative photography in my website gallery:

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