Sometimes it is easy to forget your own backyard, when you think about photography. At least for me. I often sit at home and think about all the places where I can go and take photos. But why is it always more fun to take pictures far from home? How come that it is more fun to take pictures in – lets say – Paris, than in your own home town? Could it be that I am more of a tourist than a photographer?
When I start to think about all the places I want to go, I often try to tell my self that I have to look more to the places near by. Lets face it – travel is fun. I love it. But travel takes time and can be expensive – aspecially when you have a family. I like to be able to take nice pictures when I am at home as well – and be proud of them.
If you think about it one more time; where do you actually take unique pictures? At home or in Paris (the example city in this text…)? I think that the answer most often is; at home. When we go to a city like Paris, we tend to take pictures that we have seen before. It can be great pictures, but often pictures that millions have taken before. You just have made your own version of it. Nothing wrong with that – I love to do this as well – but am I wrong?
I think it is possible to be just as creative in your own backyard, if you just open your eyes. Try and see the stories around you. Make the pictures only you can make, while you wait for the chanse to explore the world…