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Notice What You Don’t Notice

November 12, 2010

Bamboo by Kim Manley Ort
Bamboo by Kim Manley Ort

Photography workshops are the ultimate in inspiring. It’s not so much about the teacher or the content as it is about being with other photographers and having the time to really concentrate on taking photos.

I hadn’t been to a photography workshop in quite some time. But when I saw a one day workshop on creativity offered nearby by a local photographer – Andy Chen – I jumped at the chance. Andy is a fantastic photographer who often quotes Seth Godin, another person who really inspires me.

One exercise we did at the workshop was to pick an object and photograph it from different roles or perspectives. For example, what would a bird see, or an ant, or a runner passing by. Then, we had to photograph from the perspective of the object itself. What would it see?

What I love about an exercise like this is that it really makes us consider or really see what we have chosen. To spend an hour really seeing something can’t help but make us look at it in a whole new way.

I chose a bamboo grove, nestled between a baseball diamond and a running path. I discovered the beauty of bamboo and also reflected on what an amazing, sustainable resource bamboo is and can be.

This weekend, notice what you don’t notice. Or really see someone special in your life. What did you find? Tell me here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2010 5:40 pm

    Loved that photo of bamboo…made me feel like a bug pushing through the thicket 😉 I read an article a while back about zooming in with your camera lens and have hardly looked back since. I love getting up close and personal. Sometimes when I’ve been outside I’ve gotten in a pickle with bugs…eek, I figured I was on their turf though. My newest passion in up up-close photography is food. If you get just the right angle it is amazing the layers and character that really comes out.

    My inspiration this weekend has been my hubby! What a guy. I’ve been walking around grumbling under my breath and just last night I woke up crying because of post-surg pain (knee-replacement) I am having. He doesn’t say a nasty word, he just comes over or rolls over in bed to stroke my head or rub my leg. Heck with a nurse, I have my hubby! 🙂

  2. November 14, 2010 6:28 pm

    Thanks, Correen. I love getting up close and personal too. Food is a great subject for this, especially in winter, and you do fantastic food photos. I’m so glad that your hubby has been there for you this weekend, and that you noticed, but you always seem to be appreciative of your husband.


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