Photograph Things, Not People (Photo by the author) Today I had 22 frames shot into a 36 frame film.  33 frames of a recent holiday to Vanuatu.  I really wanted to rattle through those frames and get the film to my favourite lab: ASAP.  So I left the office at lunch time with a camera slung over my shoulder and an intent to snap some shots. As I brought the viewfinder to eye to capture an interesting sort of a human I heard a quote loud in my subconscious: ‘photography things not people’.  I can’t tell you where I read/heard/saw/absorbed this - but today it was clear to me.  So, I photographed flowers, roadsigns, pavement, street scenes (wide and not people focussed). I can tell you, it’s really very hard, and reminds me of my fledgling photography efforts - where everything was interesting!  A feather in some pebbles, or indeed anything else at all that was a shape, a streak of light, or a 'thing’.  Before I was brave enough to shoot people.

Photograph Things, Not People

(Photo by the author)

Today I had 22 frames shot into a 36 frame film.  33 frames of a recent holiday to Vanuatu.  I really wanted to rattle through those frames and get the film to my favourite lab: ASAP.  So I left the office at lunch time with a camera slung over my shoulder and an intent to snap some shots.

As I brought the viewfinder to eye to capture an interesting sort of a human I heard a quote loud in my subconscious: ‘photography things not people’.  I can’t tell you where I read/heard/saw/absorbed this - but today it was clear to me.  So, I photographed flowers, roadsigns, pavement, street scenes (wide and not people focussed).

I can tell you, it’s really very hard, and reminds me of my fledgling photography efforts - where everything was interesting!  A feather in some pebbles, or indeed anything else at all that was a shape, a streak of light, or a 'thing’.  Before I was brave enough to shoot people.

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