THYME, BACKDROPS AND A LESSON
My camera is one of my most treasured objects. Photography has such a big place in my heart and the more I photograph, the more I need to photograph. The great thing about it is that it forces you to watch life, to see people and it's constantly reminding you of all the beauty around us. This is also one of the things that make me strive and want to push my photography further. I want to be able to capture that moment, those colors and that expression. But sometimes I find that I kind of lock myself, because I, in some cases, have this preconception of what would look good in a picture and what wouldn't.
Let’s take an example; those red/orange brick walls almost any house here in Denmark is built from, well I don't like them. I think they are the most hideous backdrop for any photo shoot you could imagine. So I try very hard to stay clear of this. That particular thought, actually limits my photography. When I consciously make that decision, or maybe more unconsciously since I actually don't think about it, I just don't do it, I automatically exclude certain options in a creative process as photography. And that's quite unfortunate and it certainly doesn't help me evolve as a photographer.
So the other day, when I was doing a photo shoot at my sister's house, while in-between sessions playing with the camera, I came up with this series of images. We had bought this incredible beautiful thyme, almost silver in its color and I just had to photograph it. So I put it in a terracotta pot, sat it on an old chair, but the sharp sun forced me to place everything up against one of those red/orange brick walls, I just told you about. So I stood there looking at it, thinking that I had to move it, until I realized that this was probably the best backdrop I could imagine for this very unplanned and casual little series of images
I guess the whole point is that if you are open to changes, to learn, a bit of randomness and 'playing around' can help you evolve and see things in a different light. From this somehow great experience, even though it was only 10 min. of photography, I have learnt that you can judge very quickly, but in the light of something else, the story can look quite different.
I still don't fancy those brick walls, but I recognize the options I have with them when I photograph. I will try more to see things and the possibilities they have, maybe not just on their own, but when they are paired with other things.
Actually I think this could be a really cool project. Maybe you would like to join me? This would be a lesson in photography...maybe a small life lesson as well :). You pick a place, a spot, a material, something you have never dreamt of using in your photography and pair it with an object or person, and make it look good. I think it would be a great challenge. What do you think?
If you choose to be inspired and maybe try this out, we would love to see your result and you could just link to your pictures in the comments section.
Have a wonderful Friday