Pie in the Sky
As a photographer, my mind is wired to shoot in series. From the beginning, I have found myself naturally concentrating on a single
obsession subject at a time. From nature macros to street art to shadows to windows to reflections to geometric abstracts – this is a summary of the thematic interests that have dominated my photography over time.
For me, having a favorite subject serves the same purpose as a shopping list. Without a goal, a visual “to-do” list, I would be overwhelmed and over-stimulated with the possibilities, the choices. I am uncomfortable when there is “too much” to see and find that my photography is improved by having an objective, a specific purpose.
Searching for the next image in a series provides focus and concentration. It gives each outing the excitement and adventure of a hunt. What will I find today? And there is also the challenge of discovering new interpretations, different twists on the same subject. How can I keep this interesting?
Exploring deeply into a given subject provides great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. It makes it easy to see my technical and creative growth, both within and across my chosen themes. It lends consistency to my portfolio and a cohesive style to my body of work.
This is not to say that I ignore everything outside the parameters of my chosen themes. When the sun plays hide-and-seek, shadow shooting becomes impossible so I must look for inspiration elsewhere. When traveling or exploring a new location, everything is fresh and exciting and there are wondrous possibilities around every corner and I just try to be open to whatever presents itself.
And yes, there are times when my photo walks morph into photo trudges. I travel the same streets and tell myself that I simply cannot take another photo of another window or another shadow or another reflection.
But then, there is the moment when a new trend makes itself apparent. When a fresh perspective suddenly arises. Or quietly slips into your consciousness until it is simply there, waiting for you to notice. And there is that jolt of inspiration, that recognition of a fresh direction, a new compass heading.
Welcome to my latest series – “Pie in the Sky”. A wedge of architecture; a slice of geometry. Pointing me onward.
Written for “Find Your Eye: Journey of Inspiration”