I was talking about not having to go anywhere special to take pictures. That was yesterday.
Today is a different day.
But, it’s the same sort of topic. It’s about your picture and being aware of pictures around you. Let’s say you do travel. I do. Sometimes too much. I get stuck in airports. Stuck in train stations. Stuck in rental car lines. Why can’t you photograph those? Call it “the act of traveling.” It’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey. How many times have you heard that?
It used to be a few years ago that people gave you suspicious looks when you took a picture in an airport. Now everybody does it. Nobody seems to care.
Make your picture. Have fun even while you are in transit. Trust me. It will break up the boredom of being stuck in an airport for a million hours while your airline is trying to sort out some issue that has nothing to do with you. Or, missing a connection for some reason that has nothing to do with you.
There is a trick in this. I don’t take pictures of everything in transit. And, even though a lot of people do it, I rarely take pictures on board a plane. No real reason. I just don’t do it.
Here’s the trick. Give yourself an assignment. Make pictures to illustrate that. For me, passing through an airport is all business. I mostly travel because I have to, not because I want to. I try to move through an airport fairly quickly and efficiently. I really kind of look downfield and not too closely to the details.
So, for me an airport is all blur and motion. People going places in a hurry. Colors blending into each other. Shadows. Silhouettes. Graphic shapes. That’s what this picture is about. My travels.