When I’m out wandering and looking for photo opportunities I’m not just looking for beauty—I’m looking for something I haven’t seen or noticed before. And if I find something that combines beauty and grit, so much the better.
Oh, and by the way, this holds true for writing. Nothing better than combining beauty and grit in a story. In some of my stories and poems I try to do that. You can check out a few by tapping Menu above, then Published Writing & Photos, and then selecting a link.
Take a small, slightly deflated, and dirt-flecked basketball nestled into the melting snow. Add a fence that’s lost some of its paint, a little branch waiting for spring, and sunlight to create a shadow. You get beauty with a bit of grit.
Zoom in a little, try dramatic colour tones or black & white.
Zoom in closer and try it in silvertone, too.
Keep walking and find a mundane, what I call Monopoly game piece, apartment building. Notice the stairs through the condensation-dirt-streaked windows and the reflections.
And, a little further down the block, repeat.