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10/03/2009 07:51:49 AM · #101
For me, it's a big yes to the topic question.

I live next to an ocean with no waves or rocks - just mud. Year-round the sky is a uniform blinding grey. There's a worthwhile sunset maybe twice a year. Visibility is impaired by either dust or humidity. The temperatures are in the high 40's (C) for most of the year - during the high summer even insects disappear. There are no mountains, or even hills, no rivers, just a few locations with somewhat OK dunes.

I've been detained by the police twice for taking pictures in perfectly innocent locations - luckily never arrested, but each time it takes long explanations and signed letters to wriggle out of it.

But, I guess the biggest problem is that my creativity is severely underdeveloped - if it's not jumping up and down shouting "photograph me", I just can't see it.

It does make for a lot of photography fun when I go back to South Africa for vacation though!

10/03/2009 01:16:28 PM · #102
Originally posted by gys:

For me, it's a big yes to the topic question.

I live next to an ocean with no waves or rocks - just mud. Year-round the sky is a uniform blinding grey. There's a worthwhile sunset maybe twice a year. Visibility is impaired by either dust or humidity. The temperatures are in the high 40's (C) for most of the year - during the high summer even insects disappear. There are no mountains, or even hills, no rivers, just a few locations with somewhat OK dunes.

I've been detained by the police twice for taking pictures in perfectly innocent locations - luckily never arrested, but each time it takes long explanations and signed letters to wriggle out of it.

But, I guess the biggest problem is that my creativity is severely underdeveloped - if it's not jumping up and down shouting "photograph me", I just can't see it.

It does make for a lot of photography fun when I go back to South Africa for vacation though!


It may seem bleak to you -- but use that bleakness! It's a place that most of use will never see or experience, so we'd love to see the pictures! (now I have to go look and see if you have any in your profile, because I'm curious...)

ok, the sand is fascinating! and the sandstorm is also! I am fascinated with the desert. I'd like to see more!

Message edited by author 2009-10-03 13:18:44.
10/03/2009 01:27:33 PM · #103
Think smaller. Think texture and form and color.

Colorful pebbles in the wet mud, tracks, textures in the sand...look at what makes up these landscapes that you feel are blah! take a stick and paint in the mud or use the mud to paint a person and shoot...

You've got some great stuff in your profile and your front page out scores the crap out of mine, so your blah setting must be looking pretty good to the rest of us! :) If something looks boring...look to the components of what all make up what you are looking at and see what you find. I'm curious to see what you start seeing!
10/03/2009 07:29:52 PM · #104
Originally posted by bergiekat:

I'm curious to see what you start seeing!


Inspirational quote from Richard Avedon:

The art of seeing is the beginning of art.

R.
10/03/2009 09:08:50 PM · #105
Do you ever feel your location hinders you? No way! I live in a beautiful state with magnificent opportunities for photographers. My portfolio may not demonstrate it very well, but that is only due to my lack of skill, not sue to the lack of surroundings.
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