I’ve been shooting stock photography for so long now that it’s become difficult to think outside of the box from a fine art perspective. I’ve avoided shooting photos that include recognizable faces/bodies for which I don’t have a model release, logos and copyrighted elements, out of focus images, and images that seem to be outside the boundaries of stock photography.
So far, I feel as though 2008 has brought some changes in my photography style. Since joining the Philadelphia Grid Project in January, I’ve started to open up my eyes to more things…see things from different perspectives in a way I hadn’t seen in a long time…shooting photos in ways that are random and fun. And now that I’ve been shooting film again, it seems to add more creativity.
I’ve started taking a lot more photos from the hip in the last couple of months…something I haven’t done in a long time. It’s often like Christmas when I get home and look at the photos because I never know what I’ve captured. Today was one of those days.
Out of focus images don’t always work. In fact, the instance seems to be rare. I’m not saying I’m some out-of-focus image professional. I’m just saying that my whole outlook on photography seems to be out of focus these days, allowing more opportunity for creativity. I can dig that.