Core of the Red Tulip
Photography is very much like life in that we always tend to focus on the big events. The little parts that make up the big event often goes unnoticed. Why wouldn’t it be, since the repetitive grind and the little things are often so boring. It seemed natural then as photographers, we would always like to go chasing after exciting epic shots.
There are many ways to make a shot look spectacular. From composition and techniques to gear and processing, there are countless ways to make an exquisite photo. Out of all the processes involved in making an outstanding photo, I think that the most difficult would have to be getting to the subject you want. Even if you reached your intended destination, the light or the subject might not be in your favor for a great shot. Unless of course you have unlimited time, budget and countless others helping you to achieve what you want. For the rest of us, it is mostly just us and our cameras.
Since making epic shots all the time is not feasible, what can the rest of us who have no access to amazing scenes do?
What if every little thing, right where you are, has the potential to be really beautiful?
“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.”
One of the key characteristics of a good artist is that he is able to turn the mundane into something extraordinary. He is able to make people look at things differently. He makes it as though you are looking at something familiar for the first time.
Most people look at things but they don’t really see. It is one thing to look at a flower and another to be with the flower. It is the difference between hearing and listening.
Getting to dream locations would of course be nice, such as photographing waterfalls in Iceland or New Zealand. But I believe that near where you are, there is a beautiful stream waiting for you to discover. It might not be the big waterfall that you dream of. Nevertheless, it is still a beautiful stream that carries the invaluable water, the source of life, back to the ocean. That in itself is a miracle.
I believe that the job of a great artist is that of discovery, and to bring back the wonders for those that have forgotten…forgotten what it means to be alive, forgotten that there are also great significance in simple little things.