I’ve traveled quite a bit over the past couple of years. Each time I leave I swear to myself that I’m going to dedicate some time to take decent photographs. Each time I come back with an Obligatory Wing Shot from the flight, a few snaps of the people I’m with, and maybe one from my generic hotel room. Maybe it’s laziness, or awkwardness keeping me from venturing off to explore a new city or town. Or maybe it’s a resistance to what’s uncomfortable.
My definite comfort zone, when it comes to shooting, is people. As long as there is a face in my frame, I feel a sense of ease, paired with a sort of instinctual reflex about how to approach the situation. But when I’m trying to photograph a city, town, or landscape, I feel like I’m fumbling a around, not knowing exactly where to start. It makes me admire great documentary photographers like Stephanie and Meredith, and so many others who are able to tell stories with their cameras regardless of whether they’re photographing a person.
And it makes me wonder, what’s your comfort zone? Do you feel an ease with people, or do you enjoy the control of being able to compose a still life? And if you’re good at photographing places, landscapes, frames sans faces, what are your tricks? What’s your approach? And what sorts of things are you looking for?