“As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”-Sam Abell
When taking pictures, I am compelled to photograph what some may call mundane. Flowers, rocks, trees, and the like are all examples of what some might consider cliché. Many stock agencies don’t even accept some of these photos because their databases are chock full of them. There is a reason these subjects are so alluring for a photographer though.
A flower, for example, is such a brilliant display of nature. They capture the eye with their color, abundance, and beauty. They are one of nature’s showcases. It is easy to see a flower and desire to capture that brilliance and grace with your lens.
Other items, which I find myself photographing as well; the unusual curve of the branch of a tree, a rock, ripples in a pond, or simply the dirt beneath my feet, are all very simple expressions of the wonder that we experience every day. In some Zen photography, simplicity is the only “rule”. Take a photograph, focus tightly on the subject and discover what may have been glanced over. Discover the beauty in the simple pattern of the bark of a birch tree or the deep shadows produced by stones in a garden in the right light of day.
Many times, I take my camera and I am determined to photograph a grand vista or some profound moment, or intense action. But the photos that are most pleasing to me are those like described above- simple subjects, focused on one object or only a part of an object or even person.
For my first post, and the first gallery to display I have randomly picked some of my photos that express that idea.
I, too, love photos of sweeping vistas, busy city scenes, and intense moments of action stilled by a fast shutter. But there is certainly a place in my portfolio for the utterly simple, even mundane, if you must. Yet in my experience, nothing at all is truly mundane.