I was trained very classically in B&W photography when I was in college. We never cropped a photo; we produced contact sheets to prove it.
When I went to graduate school it took a Polaroid camera and $300 of film to teach myself to see color again but I never strayed from that “no cropping” school of thought. I was proud of the fact that I always composed in my viewfinder.
Enter the iPhone and the Instagram App. Ever since I downloaded it in June I’ve been posting a photo a day on Facebook. My original intent was to force myself to “see” not just the big events but the everyday minutes that are the stuff of life. I annoy the people who go places with me because I’m always stopping to take a pictures at odd times. Most of the time they wonder what it is I’m seeing. Sometimes they’re surprised by what happens between that moment and the final product on Facebook.
My iPhone and Instagram have brought spontaneity into my photo world. And fun…I crop and use filters with abandon.
The photos in this post are all taken either inside my home or within a few blocks. Sometimes it’s just a matter of looking up, or looking down, or of walking a little slower, and always it’s a matter of not letting other issues crowd my thoughts.
The hardest days to produce a picture are the ones when I don’t leave my immediate world. Those are also the best days. Those are the days when I open my eyes and truly see what is in front of me.
It’s about being in the moment.