Find beauty and inspiration right out your backdoor…
I get comments from time to time on my Facebook page from aspiring photographers from around the US and world and they tell me that one of the reasons that I am “lucky enough” to get great photos is because I live in the “scenic Southwest“. One of my Facebook friends said he lived in flat boring Illinois and all that was around him were cornfields – well I am here to tell you that it is NOT about WHERE you live that determines if you get great photos or not – it is about how you SEE your own backyard.
Yesterday I awoke to clouds, beautiful puffy clouds. I know that sounds silly
but living in Arizona this time of year it is one blue sky hot day after another – don’t get me wrong, I will take that over 20 below and snow any day – I don’t have to shovel sunshine! ☼ But I am a cloud lover, they add so much depth and interest to a photo. So you can imagine my excitement when I looked out my morning window and saw them floating by. I knew that the camera was going to come out of the camera bag that day – how was I going to find time in my day – I mean it is a full time job “building an empire” but I would MAKE the time. Certainly, it is harder to “schedule in” time to get out and shoot photos while I am in town, when I am on the road it is ALL about shooting photos and I am like a wide-eyed kid in a candy store…completely present and loving “what is”…but the clouds may not stick around for long so I’d better “Carpe Diem”.
I live just on the edge of the Salt River Indian Reservation in Scottsdale, Arizona – just a quick drive east on Indian School Rd for about a mile and once I drive under the overpass of highway 101 it is like passing into another world. The glitz and glamour that is Scottsdale quickly and suddenly disappears and the reality of the reservation life hits you in the face fast…..such a stark contrast to life just back under the overpass. The sun was sinking low in the sky fast – work at the gallery kept me longer today than I had planned but I was on a quest to find something that caught my photographic eye. I had planned to find an abandoned old hotel that someone had told me about but time was running out then I spotted the cornfield. I took a quick left into the field and down the very dusty dirt road I went – into what felt like a corn maze. I parked, got my camera out and away I went into the cornfield to find my muse. The clouds could not have been nicer and to make the whole experience even sweeter I was serenaded by pack of coyotes that seemed to be enjoying the clouds and sunset as well. I always smile when I hear the “song dog” sing.
My point with this post, and I do have one, is that you can find great photographs
and inspiration just outside of your own backdoor. I don’t want to hear, “But Cheyenne, I live in a really flat and ugly place” – well it IS a flat and ugly place if that is how you CHOOSE to see it. Grab that camera and open your eyes to the possibilities that await you out there. Photography, for me, has always been a metaphor for my life – if I choose to see life in a boring and dull way then it will be – same goes for photography. When I get out there and am “one with my camera” life is good and all is right with the world again. What could be better than that!!! See the world how it was meant to be seen – through the eyes of beauty and inspiration.
Now go “Carpe Diem” and tell them Cheyenne sent you!