Perhaps I may have taken some ‘odd’ photographic images in my time – well, images that make perfect sense to me at the time but not necessarily to curious passers-by. I can tell by the way they kind of warily half-stop to look more closely at whatever I’m taking a picture of, see absolutely nothing to warrant their interest, then continue on their way with a shrug or a puzzled expression.
Some things just capture my attention, so I reciprocate and try to capture those things photographically. I mean, some things are so obviously photogenic, like landscapes or people or moments in time, and everybody easily recognises why similar pictures are taken of these scenes ad infinitum, for posterity. But other lesser subjects may appear to others to be an odd or boring choice for my attention.
For me it may be their shape, or their colour, or their texture – or it may be the angle or the way the light falls or the juxtaposition or incongruity of something, or some quirky combination of all of the above. I try to capture the world the way I see it, in all its beauty, even the stuff other people don’t notice or don’t consider or simply don’t count as important enough to record visually.
For me photography can be as much an artistic and creative pursuit as a desire to record definitively and accurately whatever we see in front of us. It allows for the development of an easy curiosity that somehow transcends the invisible ordinariness of everyday life. There is such a lot of beauty to see in the world, both natural and man-made, if only we choose to look for it… 🙂