“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
As a photographer, I find there are days when I really struggle to be inspired. I try to shoot everyday as I feel it’s one of the best ways to improve. But some days I just don’t have the mojo. Or, don’t have the time.
When I travel and get out and about, it’s easy. I find I can “see” photographs everywhere. I’m always inspired to capture all the places I go, documenting those moments and memories forever. And, I’m sure I annoy my friends and family plenty as I do.
But most days, I’m not traveling to exotic places. Most days, I’m at home in the kitchen working, doing laundry, and playing games with the little man. And, it’s easy to become complacent about the mundane things that surround you everyday.
When I have one of these days where I’m at home and I’m lacking inspiration, I sometimes do the “100 Paces” exercise. I just walk out the door, walk 100 paces in any direction, and photograph whatever I see.
And I’m usually rewarded with something interesting. There is beauty even in the smallest corners of my backyard.
How do you find beauty in your everyday surroundings? Why not try the “100 Paces” exercise?