This is not my favorite type of photograph. I am generally not drawn to vivid colors and harsh texture. It kind of hurts my eyes and makes me want to squint. Images such as these are sometimes edited to increase clarity, contrast, saturation and sharpness. Too much of a good thing.
Still, when I walked behind the abandoned building near the coffee shop, I found a virtual tapestry of cascading colors along the corrugated metal. I paused to compose, focus and connect with the elements of the scene. It wasn’t until I pressed my eye to the viewfinder that I saw the full effect – like a surprise that takes your breath away.
When you take longer looks, you’ll expand your definition of beauty as well as the possibilities for your subject matter. You’ll be more open to surprise and fall in love with the world around you. You’ll have more confidence in what you are saying and that will show in your photographs. And, you’ll make fewer photographs, a win-win all around. –Kim Manley Ort