Just finished up two days of teaching the Photo-Synthesis program in Chattanooga, Tennessee (that city name sure has a lot of letters!) and I am inspired by how excited the students were. Today’s class was a hands-on follow up to yesterday’s program.
We went out early in the morning and did a little photo safari around the waterfront. I shared my thinking on photographing and gathering textures for use in working with the Photo-Synthesis process of blending multiple images together. We shot for about an hour gathering source materials to work with on our individual computers.
Which brings me, in a roundabout way, to the quote from Margaret. After we spent an hour talking, shooting thinking and capturing textures everyone in the group was tuned into it. As we drove to the meeting room students were looking out the window saying, ‘Wow there’s a cool door! Wouldn’t that make a great texture for the background of an image?” As we took a break for lunch the restaurant we went to had lots of character and everyone was lamenting we had left our cameras back in the classroom.
The point is after just spending the morning absorbed in and thinking about textures and their use we were seeing things that would have normally been passed unnoticed.
Think about it. Just that morning working toward new knowledge and all eyes were now primed to see and capture new things.
“Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand.” Margaret Bourke-White
Let me ask you an important question.
What are you saturating your brain with?
Yours in Creative Photography, Bob