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Home > How to capture the beauty in Mundane Subjects?

How do the Stephen Shores, Walker Evans and the William Eggleston’s create beautiful images out of what could be considered Mundane? First of all what makes the subject mundane, is it because we see it daily and then ignore it? The word Mundane refers to lacking interest or excitement. It is dull. So how do we create something dull into something creative:

“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them” – Elliott Erwitt

 At times we can forget how wonderful and intriguing our everyday lives are

1. Look down and look closely, use creative and imaginative compositions. You don’t always need to be on some exotic place to get your best images. It is about making compelling images from things right in front of you.

2. Shoot tight and look at details rather than wide angle which might not do the photograph justice.

3. Contrast such as textures

4. Symbolism

5. Light, light and more light is what photography is about. Just by capturing good light you can create beautiful scenes.

The excitement of photography, even if you envisage it in your mind’s eye is you never really know how it will look until you click the shutter. What we are getting is a 2-d image of a 3-d reality!

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