"It's not about going to new places. It's about seeing with new eyes." Jay Maisel
There are several master photographers that I follow as a matter of routine just to keep up with their insights and techniques. Two of these are Tony Sweet and John Barclay and I've been fortunate to have taken a couple of workshops given by Tony. That being said they both get credit for continually reminding their blog readers and students about the importance of continually going back to "old haunts" as a challenge to see in a different way. The quote above is from one of Tony's blog posts from a couple of weeks ago (links to both on right panel) and is so very true and is the reason for todays post.
The scene above is a dock that is situated in one of the lakes in our area of Spirit Lake, Iowa. It was my first visit to this spot (although I had driven by it many times) and I was feeling pretty good about the results of the morning shoot.
The next scene, same place in mid September of that same year as it's friend (2013), was another one of those situations when the lake was still and I made this another "first stop" of the morning. Different sky elements created a whole mood swing by comparison.
Finally, well, not really, taken just a few days ago, the scene with another "mood swing" taken from a little farther away and with a nice bit of fog in the mix. When I opened this up in Photoshop I was taken by the fact that the docks appear to be floating. My reasoning is that 1) the sky is below the docks as a reflection, and 2) the horizon line is so faint it's almost invisable thereby not giving the brain a reference point to work with. Of course these are my opinions and it may really just be that I'm a mentally challenged artist and fail to recognize the symptoms.
Whatever the reasoning, the point is made that "old haunts" should never be forgotten as they will continue to challenge our ability to "see" in a new way thereby writing a new story. differing times of day, weather, seasonal shifts and the photographers growth will be influences to the visual impact and approach.
Thank you all for visiting and feel free to tell me what you think.
Sic “Em Bears. Go Baylor!
For more views of my work visit;
A Piece Of Work, Spirit Lake, Iowa http://www.apieceofworkinc.com/
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Side Street Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa www.okobojiimages.com