Naperville, Illinois is a beautiful city, and along the river, there’s a wonderful variety of areas to photograph. I saw this covered bridge that crosses over the DuPage River and loved how distinctly different the view was from either side. One was well lit; the other was very dark. I wasn’t planning on photographing anything that night, but brought the camera along anyway. It was meant to be a quick stroll around the river, but I saw the bridge, and even though the other side was dark, I thought I would wander across and see what it looked like.
I also look at “being creative” in that same way. A conscious decision. People often think because I “enjoy” photography that I’m constantly carrying my camera around “excited” to snap all I see. In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have friends—both hobbyists and professionals—who are much more like that … and they’re great at it. I envy that at times and, for years, felt a little guilty for not being constantly excited to run around and photograph.
It’s actually a lot of “work” for me to go out and take photos. I have to consciously make the decision. It doesn’t matter how “cool” the place or subject matter is.
What I have learned is, if I do make that decision to look around me and start the act of photographing, more often than not, something comes alive, and I start discovering scenes I do want to photograph.
I remember that evening in Naperville, almost deciding to head back to the hotel, but instead choosing to walk across the bridge. I snapped a few photos that evening, but this is the one I really enjoy. It reminds me that often it takes making a conscious decision to initiate possibilities, putting those possibilities into action that otherwise may never be realized.
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