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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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!
Upwards Photography is my submission in the Daily Post Photo Challenge.
All photography © Saxon Templeton.