While my camera is in the shop, I’ve been paying attention more to the questions. Through questions posed in my online courses as well as the ones that have been rolling around in my head for what seems like ages, I’ve come to realize how much my camera is a part of me. I love it. I crave it. I need it. There are so many small things I notice on a daily basis that I long to capture; so, for now I try to remember it in my mind. Things like the friends we’ve reconnected with over dinners and lunches. The vendors on the side of the street, with their hopeful and longing stares, waiting for a break from a hungry passerby, or maybe just the heat. The beautiful sunshine we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy over the past week. All of these things and more that I wish I could capture, but my little phone just doesn’t seem to do them justice. No manual settings to create that dreamy shallow depth of field or that magical sun flare I love so much. While I love my smartphone, my heart and my eye just aren’t with that little camera.
Even though I have missed having my camera by my side, I have been paying attention to the smaller details that sometimes get passed by. I find myself watching with more closely and with more purpose without my camera, thinking about what I would have shot had my camera been in my hand, which I think in the end is a good thing. I find that I’m honing more of my decisive skills: looking at the scenario and situation with more of an intuitive, observant nature. And I find that in doing so, I am definitely seeing more. I also realize that in doing this, I am finding so much more inspiration in the little things: the rust in a blue metal door, the shadows on the sidewalk, an old man’s wise grin, the retro-style bus seats, the shading of the clouds as the sun sets.
So, in honor of finding inspiration in the little things, I would like to share one of my favorite little sites that I stumbled upon a while back: design seeds. I absolutely love this site. It pulls so many awesome color schemes from things that we so often see in our daily lives. One of my recent favorites is this one. So ordinary, but so beautiful.
What ordinary things have inspired you lately?