Take a good look !
Ever since I was a child, I have been intrigued by cameras and photography. My mother had a Brownie Camera. I loved watching how she held the camera as she snapped a picture. I remember mailing the films to get developed and couldn’t wait to see the photos. Of course, this shows my age, but what a great memory!
My Aunt also loved photography, and she had a Movie Camera. (The Perfex Double Eight Model A Movie Camera Original Carry Case Manual)
She loved taking movies of nature, her trips, and her family. As I mentioned in my Book, “Teachable Moments – A Women’s Journey of Self Discovery,” I explained how I always asked my aunt if I could carry her Camera Case while she took pictures. I guess it made me feel important. She was a great example of doing what she enjoyed.
In college, eons ago, I remember taking several photography courses, and one was called Biological Photography. This course was an adventure and one of my favorites. The professor showed a lot of enthusiasm and emphasized how to see things. For example, one day, he said, “we will be going outside, taking photos of insects. Yes, I know it’s raining, which doesn’t matter. You can take good photos in any kind of weather.”
Our assignment was to go out and look under plants for insects. I still remember laying on the ground looking up under all kinds of plants, clicking away, trying to capture what I thought looked interesting. Take a good look, don’t just glance, I reminded myself. That class taught me to be creative and to look for things that are not obvious.
Recently I read, “try taking a picture each hour in a day and see what you come up with.” Were you observing more closing or just glancing?
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” ~ Ansel Adams
“In photography, there is a subtle reality that it
becomes more real than reality.” ~ Alfred Stieglitz
“Photography takes an instant out of time,
altering life by holding it still.” ~ Dorothea Lange