On Photo-Walks

Monday, July 11th, 2011 6

As much as I love to take photographs, I must admit to having some difficulty with the photo-walk. There’s something that gets amped up for me when I pack up all my cameras and set out for a photo-walk. Combine this with visiting a new place, and it gets heightened for me that much more. So when we had the pleasure of visiting Melissa and Tom (filmmakers and photographers extraordinaire) in Boston over the 4th of July weekend, I knew I’d be in for trouble. Or at least I remembered this half-way in.

In getting ready for our visit and talking it over with Melissa, I (of course) requested that we have time to just meander, exploring Boston and the surroundings, leisurely snapping photographs. You see, in the planning stages of a trip, I forget that I struggle with the photo-walk. Then when I’m smack in the middle of it, I get all jumbled up. I get pulled to go wide, go long. I get lured in to attempting to capture the breadth of the cityscapes, the buildings, the sculptures.

And then I hate those shots because they’re not me. I don’t do wide, long, breadth. At least not usually. I’m more close, tight, intimate. So at some point during a photo-walk, I just stop. I stop shooting. I lose my photographic voice.

This is a good lesson for me. It’s a reminder to not go long, to not go wide, to not try to capture the “big thing” if I don’t want to. A reminder to not get too caught up. It’s a calling to be true to myself, to honor my vision and how I see the world.

These are some of my favorite shots from the trip. Thanks to Melissa and Tom for a fabulous visit. And what about you? Do you enjoy a photo-walk? Are there times when you struggle creatively even when it’s a situation that should inspire more creativity?

6 Responses

  1. Lindsey says:

    I love the one of the sculpture’s hand and the person’s hand … and I think that’s intimate, and personal (and also immense and eternal at the same time)!!

  2. ATR says:

    Baby puffballs! Nice work.

  3. Celina says:

    I think you should make a photowalk about your voice and your style. No pressure, no rules. Just shoot what you love. xoxo

  4. Jules says:

    I’ve been enjoying your site and your pics and thoughts. Thank you. Feel free to join me on my blog and/or my Middle Ground Sages FB page: http://www.facebook.come/middleground sages. I found you on Twitter and am following you. 🙂 Jules

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  6. Melissa says:

    I feel bad that you were stressed out during our photo walks! Wish we had talked about it more. I often feel the same way- this overwhelming pressure to CAPTURE SOMETHING almost stops me from being able to see anything worth capturing. I find if I just start shooting and don’t worry about what I’m getting, that I start to relax and loosen up. I love the pictures you got, they’re amazing. Wonderful reminders of a wonderful weekend. I’m going to share some of mine soon….

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