If you’re a reader of this blog, you might realize I seldom photograph landscapes or scenics.
I thought long and hard about why.
I suspect it has to do with my need to come up with something different even if it’s a very common subject that’s been photographed countless times.
Think of Machu Picchu, the Great Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Zion, Yosemite, Borobudur, Angkor Wat and all the other Wonders of the World.
They are amongst the most photographed manmade structures on Earth.
They’ve been photographed from every conceivable angle, time of the day and season of the year.
The other thing about landscapes is this: if you can get to the location and if you have the time, you can probably take a very similar to the postcard you see.
The need to put our own spin on the common is what drives a lot of of us.
Take for instance, one of my favorite local parks: Fairmount Park.
It’s a 35 acre park with a variety of vistas.
It’s no wonder if it’s a favorite for lots of photographers and plein-air artists who paint.
On the weekends, it’s a hive of activity.
On the rose garden end on weekends, for example, limousines line the curb.
Photographers and assistants work furiously cajoling beautifully dressed young ladies celebrating their quinceñeras and their escorts for their best expressions.
I bring some clients there but I do so during the weekdays for obvious reasons.
It is also among the places I bring students for field trips.
Its biggest appeal for me is the quiet I can always find if I am there early in the morning or in the evening on weekdays.
It’s a good place when I am introspective mood but I’ve always been able to find something different when I least expect it.
I’m sure you have some beautiful parks where you live.
How about sharing them with us by posting them under comments?