Home is Kansas: land-locked Midwest United States. We are known for our wheat fields and the world’s greatest ball of twine. Exotic is not a word that I would use to describe my everyday surroundings. And when I first became interested in photography, I bemoaned the fact that I did not live in a more exotic location. If only I lived…. near the beach … overseas … in New York City. It was as if any other location was more photogenic than my own.
But the truth of the matter is this: there is beauty everywhere. The issue is that I must learn to slow down and SEE the world – not just look straight ahead in order to get from point A to point B. Discovering the beauty in the ordinary – capturing the essence and not just the image – this is what makes a photograph. Training myself to do this with the familiar, day-to-day surroundings, will only benefit me when I do travel to those exotic locations.
Wishing my life away with “if only…” statements does not give me hope for a future; it robs me of joy in the present. I only need to open my front door, walk outside, and witness the unique beauty of this midwest neighborhood to find contentment …. and photographic opportunities.
Then God looked over all He had made, and it was excellent in every way. (Genesis 1:31 – Living Bible)