“We believe in the transcendent power of really good light.”
– From the Viewfinders manifesto
We all know the thrill of seeing a beautiful place for the first time. The shutter never stops clicking as we encounter everything with new eyes. The novelty can be exciting and inspiring. But I contend that when we look with intention at familiar places, we can start to see them with new eyes, sometimes as if for the first time.
The practice of returning to a place over time can shift our perspective, allowing it to reveal itself to us in new ways. We begin to discover things we hadn’t noticed before.
My back porch has become one of my favorite places to shoot and it has yielded many delights over the last few years. One powerful transforming agent is simply the light.
Though the physical space stays the same, the changing light transforms it every time. So, even though I’ve photographed this space so many times, I keep wondering what else I will discover whenever I step outside.
What is your favorite familiar place to shoot? What familiar place can you begin to look at with new eyes?
**All images shot with Hasselblad 500C/M on Kodak Portra 400 or Kodak Ektar 100.