Monday after work I went driving around the back roads again in my small town. I’d canceled a shoot because it was rainy and crummy in Williamsburg – not to mention actually quite cold, too. But as soon as I left work, the sky cleared up a bit and it stopped raining. Of course.
As I mentioned two posts ago, I’ve been struggling with expanding when it comes to photography. I always take the same photos. Over and over again. But my problem, as I’ve realized myself and have been told by friends who have the same problem, is that I love these things and I can’t step away from them because they’re things I love. Comfort food for photography, I suppose. Well, I’ve done some thinking. And I’ve realized that I don’t need to necessarily step away from these lovely things of mine. I just need to incorporate more emotion. I mean, it’s not like I have dozens of models hanging around just waiting for me to take their picture, like other photographers do. That would be amazing. But it’s not ideal. All I have are these constant things in my life to photograph.
I mean, unless you count the dog in the photo below. That dumb dog, who is always, always walking aimlessly along this road with no care in the world. I’ve seen him countless times. It’s amazing he hasn’t yet gotten hit by a car. He was adorably curious when I pulled over by the reservoir for a few shots. He started up at the hill, just staring at me, and then he came trotting down towards me, howling and running around in crazy circles. I got back in my truck to leave and took one last shot of him, the only one that turned out somewhat decent. And I actually really like it.
And I’m still working on it. This emotion thing. It’s going to take a while for me to make certain people drool over my photos – liiiiiike my boyfriend, for instance. But hopefully one day I’ll post that one photo that makes everyone stop and admire. Like I do with so many other photos posted by friends of mine or people I’ve never even spoken to before.
These photos I took Monday merely showcase my obsession with overcast. It was so cool and gorgeous. The breeze blew sporadically in the wheat field and the clouds towered dramatically in the distance. These are things I love the most. I find them so beautiful. And can you blame me? Because when I look at these photos now, I still feel myself crouching in the ditch. The wind blowing through my hair. Silence, save for the creaking of trees and the cawing of birds flying by. Perfection.