Taking photos and inspiration can be like a circle. You see something which is uplifting or interesting so you take a photo. Later when you look at the photo you feel inspired again. That may lead to some creative writing or art. Although it is possible to take too many photos and end up feeling overwhelmed there are many times I am glad I captured an image for later reference. This is particularly the case with things that change or disappear.
I have always enjoyed taking photos of anything that doesnít get embarrassed at the sight of a camera. My camera is basic and I havenít learnt any special techniques. One day I may buy a fancier camera and perhaps take a class to improve my skills. Meanwhile I am happy with the basics and have a good collection of images to use with Hub Garden articles.
Taking a photo encourages me to really look at the subject. Sometimes I find something to frame the shot. Other times I find a particular angle works best. At home I might stand on something to get a better shot. Taking photos is subjective and what appeals to one person may not appeal to someone else.
Authorís own photo
Reflections make interesting photos. Sometimes I manage to get something manmade reflected in a river, a naturally occurring thing. There are times when I have captured something I consider beautiful in the same shot as an industrial item or something run down. Contrasts hold an appeal for me but might not for someone else. Itís all about being an individual and how one views and interprets the world.
Building reflected in the River Torrens. Authorís own photo
Old buildings, both ruins and those still in sound condition interest me. They make a fascinating subject for photography. I look at ruined houses in the country, wondering about the people who once inhabited them.
Ruin on Yorke Peninsula. Authorís own photo
Flowers, gardens, rivers, birds, animals, sculpture, the city and countryside all make interesting subjects. Taking photos is fun and looking at them afterwards is great too. Famous photographer Elliott Erwitt said, ĎTo me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.í