Seeing It Again

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

How do I find the beautiful when visiting the same places multiple times? That can be tricky. Most of the pictures I take are of where I live in Charlotte, N.C. Every Saturday I try to get out on my bicycle, and ride to Uptown Charlotte. I typically ride up to the Uptown Farmers Market, grab a treat, then I see how far I want to ride that day. I have a couple of different loops I follow in order to see different parts of the city. After a few visits, you start to get this feeling that you have started to see it all, and it might seem like there is nothing to photograph. For me, I like to stay in practice in order to improve my skills. Here is what I do in order to photograph the same place multiple times and capture a different experience. With each idea I added a post with it when I have practiced these ideas in the past. All of these are places I have visited multiple times in the past before I took those particular photos.

⛲ I often will try and find different objects to be my focus. Typically, when I visit somewhere I usually focus on photos on those locations main feature. Lately I have been trying to pick different objects as the subject of my photo. For example: a bench, a street lamp, or a random patch of flowers.

🔆When I can I try to visit different locations at a different time of the day. Sometimes just the slightest changes in the outdoor light make all the difference.

🛣 Walking up to somewhere a different way than normal allows you to see a new perspective of it. I have captured some great photos of different places when I simply started on the opposite side that I normally do.

👨🏿‍🤝‍👨🏿 Lately, I have been trying to find great moments for street photography involving people. I haven’t taken anything that I particularly like yet. One thing I have learned when revisiting somewhere on multiple occasions is that there are always different people there.

I took these photos early this summer while I was riding my bicycle around Charlotte at Fourth Ward Park. I took these photos right beside the main water feature in the park. I had photographed it before, and I wanted to capture a different perspective of the park.

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