The Everyday Things Around You
There are occasions when I'm in the mood to make photographs, but just can't muster up the enthusiasm to head out with my camera—like earlier this week, when temperatures were in the mid-90s and humidity levels were high, despite the lack of rain. Usually, this is when I head to the studio to create still life photographs. But this week, I just stayed home.
I stayed home and made photographs. I wandered from room to room, trying to look at the things I see everyday in a new way. I photographed walls and windows, chairs and tables, towels and blankets, shadows and patterns.
Mostly, I paid attention to light and shadow. Light and shadow often bring forms to life. In the image above, what caught my eye were the dark shadows behind the lamp base, the streaks of light along its edges, and the highlights on the pull chain. This is a two-dimensional photograph, but look at how the side lighting gives this form dimension.
Below, light and shadow created a pattern, but it was the breaking of the pattern that drew my attention. Patterns are almost always stronger if you can interrupt them.
Chances are, you have surrounded yourself with things you love or that have some special meaning to you. The next time you don't feel like going out to shoot, why not take a closer look at the details in your home—whether the architecture or furnishings. You might be surprised by what you find.