Finding Inspiration in the Little Things

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?

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4 thoughts on “Finding Inspiration in the Little Things

  1. Laura,
    What a fabulous post! You have taken advantage of a difficult situation (no camera) and turned it into an adventure of seeing. One of the excercises that we did in my college digital photography course was to find a place and just sit and look for at least 10 minutes before picking up the camera. Sometimes I think we are so eager to start shooting that we don’t first take the time to see.

    And thanks so much for the link to Design Seeds – what an inspirational site! It has been added to my subscriptions.

    • That’s a great assignment! I love that – especially because sometimes I do tend to get shutter happy, snapping away here in Taiwan because there’s SO much that’s different than home and SO much I want to capture. And then in doing so, I come home with far too many photos to go through, most of which probably aren’t the best. I am definitely going to have to continually remind myself to do this type of exercise more often once I get my camera back (hopefully this weekend).

      Thanks for the comment, and I’m glad you enjoy that site, too! It makes me happy. πŸ™‚ lol.

  2. I find that the most ordinary things in life are the most inspiring. The smiles on Jasper & Emma’s faces, the sound of Ben’s laugh & his guitar, the smell of lilacs, a song. Anything has the potential to inspire πŸ™‚
    P.S. I like the site you shared. I’m digging the Berry Blues, The Sweet Shop Hues & Worn Hues πŸ™‚

    • Yes, always the little things. πŸ™‚
      I know – I love so many of them! They make me excited for the day when I will be able to decorate my home! lol

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