Friday, November 6, 2009


Last week during the weekly Lumberjack staff photographer meeting, we invited one of the faculty members (and former LJ photogs) to show up and critique the issue and give us some pointers.
The message I came away with is "Everyone has seen the world from 5-foot-something for years. Never, ever take a picture from your normal standing height again."

I understand where he's coming from. Getting on the ground or getting up above the subject usually makes for a much more compelling photo, and all the lazy photographers in the world won't do it, so it sets your imagery apart from them.

Something it made me think about though, was not necessarily moving my point of view, but making a point to look in different directions. The main two being UP and DOWN.

The next time you're walking along, take a moment to notice the people around you. Many of them will be looking where they are walking, and just as many of them will be looking at the ground. Practically nobody looks UP until there's lightning or someone jumps off a building.

In that spirit, I made this image a few weeks ago, looking up and down at the same time!

Photography and pretty much all the creative outlets we have involve seeing the world around us in a different way. It's impossible for us to do that if we aren't looking, so today I challenge you to look where nobody else is looking and to be rewarded by seeing what nobody else sees.