Obviously, I love photographing people. It has always been where my heart felt it belonged. All throughout my formal art education I almost always photographed people, and I was in the minority. Whenever I tried to conform to whatever everyone else was doing, it never felt right. Most of all, I really did not enjoy it, and it wasn’t great work.
I finally realized that even though many of my peers were taking gorgeous, moving, thought-provoking images of old buildings, insides of abandoned homes, and nature – that was just not me. I did not get excited about creating those images. I was given a gift to affect people’s lives with my art in another way. And the key was that once I accepted that I didn’t have to or want to be taking the same images as others in my classes, my professors and peers began to accept it and see my art in a whole new way. And my images improved greatly.
With all that being said though, I feel that every once in awhile I need to photograph something other than people. It helps me see things differently. Helps me to not become automatic with my photo sessions. Keeps me fresh. It is also sort of a relief when I take my camera out just for fun. Because I knew when I went out on a walk to take these images that if not a single one turned out it would not matter. No one would ever know. And relieving any pressure that comes from making photography my job makes it all new to me again. It puts me right back where I started. I never, EVER want to say that I am burnt out! Photography is my passion, and I want it to stay that way.
Here are the images I took on my little walk. Enjoy!
Of course I worked in people a little bit. Nothing wrong with that.
If you are interested, these images are available for purchase on my online gallery. CLICK HERE, and then click the album named L. Renee Studio Art. Hopefully, I will continue to add more!