A funny thing happens when I set up my tripod to take blog pictures: I always draw a crowd. I don’t mind it–in fact, I’ve gotten used to posing while people hover around me. There are often 2-3 people taking pictures right next to me (trust me, it took a looong time to be comfortable posing while they lingered!)
Why does this happen? I think it’s all about opening people’s eyes up to beauty.
I love photography because it forces you to consider scenery and angles that you never did before. When you learn to “see,” you can find the beauty in things like fences, and appreciate the angle of the sun or how a tree perfectly covers the aperture in your camera. I like to think that the backgrounds I photograph are beautiful or at least not ugly. But most people pass by these areas daily without stopping or even thinking about the area’s aesthetic value.
So when I set up my tripod—a very public act of appreciation–people stop and start to take in what I might be photographing. They open their eyes to the beauty in that moment. And that’s at least what happened during this shoot: a girl, two old women, and two men stopped to look at me, and in doing so, they spotted the lovely curlicue gate and the mansion behind me. Instead of hurriedly passing by like everyone had done so before I whipped out my camera, they wanted photos in front of the gate. They took photos of the mansion, they stood near me so they could benefit from the light hitting the stone pavement, so they could capture the glow of the setting sun.
And that’s why I no longer mind when people take pictures near me. They just want to experience a simple, beautiful moment, as do I. If I can be a trendsetter to help them do that, then my photos become that much more special to me.