I knew this old photographer who had been living in the same place for a dozen years or so and one day he asked me “where should I go and what should I photograph?” I was caught off guard as we had only lived in the area for about a year and a half at the time, I figured he would be able to tell me several places to go that I did not know about.
My first thought was you are kidding me right? No he was dead serious!
After thinking about it for a moment I had two answers for him the first was get out and explore the area by car and on foot. The second answer was go back to some of the places that you have enjoyed photographing in the past, and see if you can photograph the changes to that area even if it means photographing the same subject you did the last time you were there. The subject will not look the same ever again from the first time it was photographed, it may have grown, weathered, been painted or maybe the light is just different.
I told him how I have been returning to some areas off and on for over twenty five years, to make new photographs. The challenge to make an image of subject differently each time and that is how we can expand our vision as photographers. Explore the subject from as many angles as possible even the ones that worked before, and I know that the results will surprise you.
Go in all types of weather, sunshine, sunrise, sunset, rain, fog, snow and even at night just go and explore over and over again, you will be surprised at the results.
A few of the places I have gone back to for more than twenty years include the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse and The ship canal in Duluth Minnesota. Some of my best images have come from these locations.In a few years I will add places like Saguaro National Park, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Olympic National Park to that list.
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