In an ideal world, the art of seeing and composition should be independent of one’s surroundings, subjects or location. Or at very least, one should attempt it. Even though it’s almost always easier for us to previsualize compositions when we are in an unfamiliar or new environment – that which is different always stands out the most – it’s good practice to see what can be found closer to home. I like to give myself this challenge on a fairly regular basis to keep things fresh; after all, if you can find a new and compelling image in a very familiar situation, it’s all the more likely you’ll be able to make one when you’re on assignment or travelling.
This set was not strictly shot in my own house, but is rather composed of a mixture of images shot in domestic settings. I focus on light, texture, form and detail. Notice color is excluded here – if you have it and it works in concert with your subject and directing the eyes of your audience, great; if not, then you need to be able to see and work in monochrome. Ultimately, photography is nothing more than this – regardless of subject. The ability to see and previsualize is far more important than the technical part – more on this in a future essay.
In the meantime, enjoy the images. MT
Shot with a wide mixture of formats, media and equipment. There’s everything from M4/3 to medium format film in here.
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