Upwards Photography. A refreshing new perspective.

This winter has been bleak and we’re not even half way through!

Winters here in Melbourne, Australia don’t tend to do anything alarming. Hardly a frost, not many storms and certainly no snow. Kind of like having to eat a cracker or crisp bread that is damp around the edges. Mildly unpleasant and very “meh”! Offensive in its drabness.

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This is why – dear readers – that when the winter sun arrives it must be utilised to its fullest. The sun’s shards are weak compared to other seasons but so much more welcomed. They make colours sing and break free from the grey.

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And so it was, under the watery winter sun, that I slung my Canon DSLR over my shoulder and went out this weekend for a peruse. And one of my aims was to try to capture some different perspectives on my three-hour photographic wander.

Onwards and Upwards Photography.

As I wandered I looked up.

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This is something that I learned to do last winter actually. Not look up. I think I learned that about 43 years ago! No to observe upwards and not just out in front of me or to the side. You see I had a bit of an epiphany about all this last year. In fact I wrote about it in a post entitled – Look up it can change your perspective on life!

So you see I was primed for some upwards angles. And I think you need to be.

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Too oft is this perspective overlooked. Particularly as a street photographer I am more on the lookout for faces, fleeting opportunities and movement. Ephemeral moments.

But some immobile objects have a lot to offer too. But you have to remember to look! Nature and architecture are ready and able to reward  generously if you enquire of them with your camera lens.

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Photographing people. Try the low down.

Try different angles sometimes when you are photographing people. Crouch down, lie on the grass, bend – as much as you bend. You’ll know your limitations. Don’t do a hamstring in the pursuit of art.

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Replace the known with the unknown sometimes. Before I wandered off by myself I had a delightful play in the park with my daughter. I stopped photographing her from the side and got in underneath. Play with compositions and depths of fields. Experiment. In art there is no ‘right way’.

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You never know what you will see.

On this wander I glanced up and saw something both odd and spooky in equal measure. It is a scarecrow of sorts nestled amidst grapevines hanging in a very urban environment. I think the home owners are elderly Greeks or Italians and I’m sure these grapes will end up as some potent constitution-affirming alcohol.

All that said it’s just damn freaky looking and I’m sure it serves it’s purpose well. Or perhaps it’s a photographer deterrent. If this is the case it worked!

Look up folks!

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Upwards Photography is my submission in the Daily Post Photo Challenge.

All photography © Saxon Templeton.

 

 

 

About Saxon

I'm passionate about travelling, music, photography, blogging, 'Social Anthropology' (the posh term for people-watching) and creating content. I travel to learn and observe to understand. My dream day would look something like this.... A bottle of red (or two), fresh baguette (or two) & wedge of Camembert (or two), a balmy Paris September eve spent people-watching in fine company on the banks of the Canal St Martin.

There are 5 comments

  1. Polymathically

    As someone who hikes in San Francisco all the time, I totally agree with looking up to take photos. Tourists usually just see the major landmarks, but are oblivious to the insane amount of art and designs hidden in every nook and cranny. For example, I was walking an old apartment complex and happened to look up. The balcony overhead looked like it belonged in a museum! Check it out: https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/under-the-window/

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  2. Miriam

    Wonderful post and I love all all the different perspectives you used in your photos. It’s true that we can often miss the beauty if we don’t look up yet we also gain new perspectives if we look down. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny winters day in Melbourne and we used the opportunity to enjoy an invigorating walk at Kinglake.

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      1. Miriam

        It’s amazingly green up there now. The forest and mountain is so lush and lots of people have rebuilt in the town. It’s amazing how life goes on in every respect. Particularly with time.

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