Earlier I shared a quote by William Thackery about the two most engaging powers of a photograph.
“The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new”
As a photography enthusiast I think that capturing something new is part of the passion. We all want to get that shot of something people rarely see or, if we’re lucky enough, something no one has ever seen before. We go to new corners of our cities or travel to distant shores to capture the new.
But what about breathing new life into the familiar of our lives? Thackery’s quote got me thinking about how I can use the familiar to become a better photographer.
It isn’t easy to make the familiar new. You’ve got to position yourself both physically and mentally in a new place to see the familiar differently, to envision how we can portray it differently, and thus make it new.
As we begin 2017 some are thinking about new photography projects and others may be thinking about resolutions. Endeavouring to make the familiar new could be a great project to improve your photography but it can be so much more.
Looking at our every day lives with fresh eyes and capturing it from a different perspective may well give us a renewed perspective on our lives. It could be a creative practice of mindfulness. You may find you are surrounded by more beauty than you were aware of and you may see all the things you can change to make things better for yourself.
Wishing you all a prosperous 2017!