Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Chromatic photographic self-portrait


It's always fascinating to look at people's travel photos. Different people can visit the same places, yet they come away with completely different perspectives and experiences.

In my case, I've taken to carrying the little digital camera with me whenever I hit the road. When I'm away for work - as it is on this week's trip to Phoenix - I am often challenged to find time to get out and shoot. The schedule is so packed that I'm lucky if I can grab a few minutes during daylight.

So to ensure I come home with something, I often play photographic games when things are quieter. Morning and evening routines make for fun camera play, especially when the good folks at the hotel had the foresight to install lots of marble and chrome. How did they know I love to shoot these surfaces? Bless them.

Back soon. Will have more to share in the days ahead. For now, I can't wait to get home: I miss my real world and the important people within it.

Your turn: We all know how boring the same old travel photos can be. How do you change perspective and keep it interesting?

17 comments:

vanx said...

I sketch. Quick pencil sketches in yet another book that I carry on trips. Best experiences have been in Istanbul, San Francisco, London, and Paris. (My job does get me out of the house a little, which is really quite nice--but they have also sent me to Frankfurt, so there is payback)

chelle said...

hehe my toddler keeps it interesting (at least for us!)
chelle

amanda m. said...

http://hazelnutcoffeegirl.artconspiracy.com
click on the Eye Gallery. that was my 2000-2003 tangent...
I get on theme tangents. but mostly when I travel, I don't look for things to shoot, but I shoot what catches my eye. If that makes any sense.

Claire said...

I've only just discovered taking photo's properly thanks to a friend who's given me some tips...my favourite photo was of a well but I went so close up you can't tell what it is!

kenju said...

I have never known what to do to make them more interesting, Carmi, but I am learning a lot from you!

Matt said...

I tend to take close shots of things and never look for particular things to shoot. I take pictures like that of the concrete you posted here a while ago.

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i usually forget to bring mine. i love that shot!

Im Chele in [dot said...

..I try not to take the same old same old. I try to take images that are a little of the beaten track sorta...
You know what I mean

Plumkrazzee said...

I try to keep it interesting by taking pictures that are NOT posed. Also, pictures of the menus, signs, and people we run into along the way keep it fun.

Tabor said...

I try to identify the one little thing that grabs my eye in a travel scene and then focus on that. The trouble is we photograph what moves us and what surprises. So, a more sophisticated eye would fail to see that anymore.

Goodbye Mes Amis said...

Super fun pic! When travelling, I always take pics of myself in mirrors.

utenzi said...

That's very unusual, Carmi. A camera taking a picture of itself!

MJ said...

I love carrying my camera everywhere... digital is so cheap to shooty with that I just click and clickand i get a spontanious shot eventually.... they're always more fun. Here from Micheles!

margalit said...

I rarely take travel photos of people, most of architecture, closeups of textures, plants, and animals, and things that will help me remember a place. In Amsterdam, photos of the flower market and the bicycles do more to jar my memory than photos of me in a brauncafe would.

Here from M

Suzanne said...

that last one looks so clean!!! Makes me want to go polish the silver. ha ha

Plain Jane said...

I've found that the photos are FAR more interesting if you make sure to get some people in them - you know, the kind you are maybe traveling with or just some interesting locals. Tons of photos of scenery or buildings (unless given some unique angle) get old really fast.

Kat said...

On my recent trip to California I perpetually had my camera out, even in the car. Most of my best pics were accidental.