It's easy in the city to become overwhelmed by the busy-ness, to become caught in the bustle of people around us all rushing to their important places to be. There's always the time factor sitting in the background, limited time to do what we need or want to, time expectations of others, impossible deadlines.
It can help to turn time around. To find a half hour even to take back some time, to gather our thoughts, take some photos, notice what is around us. Taking some time to do photography can help with this. It gives us a focus, a purpose to our efforts, a reason to get out of bed that bit earlier than we need to.
Photography forces us to notice our surroundings, to be truly present in the environment. We are forced to notice the little things, the things that easily go unnoticed when we rush by. We can look for unusual images. We can find images that represent juxtapositions. We can notice people in our world, people like us, people not at all like us. On the surface that is.
We need to make decisions with photography. Who should we photograph? How can we get the best angle? What do we include? What should we exclude? Like life, these decisions are critical to getting what we want.