...then take pictures of it.
(all photos are from a stroll down South Street, Philadelphia)
Nothing more than that. I COULD tell you that I am attempting to elicit what I sense and experience at a given moment. But I'd be lying. Truthfully, I just see stuff that intrigues me...and click. To make it even more ambiguous, what catches my attention one day, I could totally walk by and not even notice the next.
Seems that recently, I've been asked more often the question "What do you like to shoot?".
I COULD say I like to focus on travel, portraits, street scenes, landscapes, architecture, every day life. And it would be true. Because I will shoot anything that interests me. I specialize in nothing. I appreciate the potential of everything.
I've never taken a photography class beyond a photo-journalism course during my college years. AKA the years of 35mm cameras and an antiquity called "film". I learn by shooting. Shooting a LOT. I like to explore. I find I "see" things as photographic images. My eye is weird that it works that way. I kinda like it, but it has the potential to annoy those I'm with. I like to believe it's an endearing idiosyncracy.
One thing I DO know is that I like to shoot in natural light. Not because of any artistic leaning. Mostly because using my flash yields AWFUL results. I should probably learn to remedy that. But truth is, I do not know half the things my DSLR is capable of. I don't even know, or use, the majority of buttons on my camera. The choices overwhelm me. My photography is pretty basic and bare bones. I'm okay with that because I don't like to "think" too much when shooting. It's visceral for me. Technical "thingies" make my eyes glaze over. And I need my eyes when using my camera, it's often the only thing I have going for me.
I am totally okay with asking another photographer "What settings are you using?". Or using Google to find out what settings I should use for shooting in certain conditions. I often need help. I'm not above having someone throw me a bone so I don't have to resort to "The light's just not right" to explain that I am all out of ideas and my photos s@ck! Help is ALWAYS good...when offered. I'm good at asking.
Truth is, I always get a bit uncomfortable when told something nice about my photography. I feel I should have a better understanding of the whole photographic process to merit compliments. The only thing I believe I'm truly good at is...my "eye". The rest? I see stuff...and then I take a picture. That simple. That uncomplicated. Maybe someday it will be more than that. But for now? I'm good with simple and uncomplicated. Two things this self-professed "high maintenance" girl isn't often accused of.
Here's where I'm linking up today ..."The Party's On"
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This week's song title is Counting Crowes "Big Yellow Taxi".