I've been thinking about intentional photography.
I've been asked a few times how I take so many instagrams. What is there to photograph every day?
Well the answer is both everything and nothing.
Most days there aren't big moments, special occasions, red letters. There is life which involves work and food and often dull things. So in that frame of mind, no there isn't much to take photos of.
But at the same time there are so many things to take photos of. There are many things I see when I walk to and from lectures that make me smile or make me stop. I think it is about noticing things. Noticing perspective, noticing light and patterns.
I think you have to be intentional about capturing every day photos. I have to bother to take my phone out and snap that photo. But at the same time the more I practice seeing the details the more I want to photograph them.
There is a purpose too in capturing the details. I want my children to see what Durham looked like on a rainy day or what joy autumn brings me. I love the big special photos but life isn't just big and special. It's hum drum, it's repetitive but it's also minutely beautiful.
My go to phrase when I am pondering whether to take a photo is this:
"did it make me stop, smile or think?"
"If yes, would someone else do the same when they saw my photo?"
"Does this photo tell another story? Is it beautiful in whatever way that may be?"
I think this photo sums up what I am trying to say.
My housemate was sitting on her bed, engrossed in her work. The door was open a tiny bit and the afternoon sun was streaming in. The light, the view point and her work were a perfect subject. She was beautiful sitting there but she was also everyday. I nearly passed her by but instead I ran upstairs, grabbed my phone and popped it around the door. It was everyday but it made me smile. It's by no means a perfect photo but I am proud of it.
I want to be an intentional photographer. I want to learn to look for the moments to capture rather than focusing on the people who will pose for me.
What are your thoughts about capturing details?