I was out on a neighborhood walk with photographer David Duplessie a couple of weeks ago. Just a few blocks to get some air. He told me of a very small park just a couple of blocks away. He indicated that it wasn’t much, but I then thought, “This could be a good challenge.”
Once we arrived at the park (it was very small!), I went one way, David another. I photographed tree limbs against a very grey sky, a few shadows, some angles and curves. I was almost done until I circled around a slide and climbing thing.
I couldn’t get a creative fix on it. I circled it another time. “There has to be something here,” I thought.
I walked to the slide, slid under it, on my back and looked up. The resulting image is pictured.
When I go out to shoot I rarely look at the screen to see if I “got” it. I save that for later. I tend to shoot in the moment and don’t want to limit the “flow” of the process. Sometimes people spend way too much time checking out each image after it is captured. I began my photographic journey with film and only in the last 15-years have I been working in digital. I guess old habits are hard to break.
Even if you are being challenged by this “sheltering-in-place” and feel as though there is little you can find on short walks you may have to break a few habits: get down on your knees, on your back, and/or look though things to see what is on the other side.