Grasp The Moment Photography

To Create

I think I’ve beaten the “seeing when you’re supposed to see it” idea to a bloody pulp. You’ve gotten a taste of how I feel for that if you’ve read previous posts.

But what happens when there’s nothing to see? I sit here at night in my little makeshift studio, set up my lights and try to see if I can do the impossible – try to see if I can create.

But create what?

That’s where my mind goes blank. I’ve been around a lot of talented people, people who can one-two-three make a swan from a square sheet of paper, and I without a doubt am not one of those people. Hell, I have trouble at jigsaw puzzles, and I could never pick what tie matches what shirt so how the hell am I supposed to see the underlying beauty and message in the random objects that I find tucked under my bed?

So I struggle with it. An empty bottle. Some cards. A compass. Heck, even the rent money. Through I learn there is so much more to it than meets the eyes. It’s not just an empty bottle and it’s my job as a photographer to find the story hidden inside it and not only to bring it out, but to capture it.

It is my job, to create.

Rainbow Boxes

The Trip


Queen Of Hearts Comes Out On Top

Whiskey Rose

5 responses

  1. Jenn

    And create you have…

    I remember getting the boxes,
    I had no idea why you shuffled through them so meticulously.
    Carrying the frames to the register,
    and waiting in line, your attention turned to those boxes.
    “Chinese take out” I thought,
    but you saw something more…
    And look what you’ve done with them!

    Your compass-
    you’re already gone…

    The money-
    has been spent…

    The cards-
    keeping us going by way of Casino…

    And in the end-
    Whiskey Rose will always be there…

    Just my take
    No worries 🙂

    November 3, 2008 at 12:28 am

  2. Creative, indeed! Each of these are super compositions and I like the way you titled them. The colorful boxes are really going to stick with me…

    November 3, 2008 at 7:09 am

  3. John (Dad)

    As you’re learning no one can tell you how to create. It’s a kind of miracle of the mind. Someone once asked a composer early in the last century (I think it was Bernstein but don’t hold me to that) who did he write music. “It’s simple,: he said, “you just remember a tune that no one’s ever heard before?”

    November 3, 2008 at 8:53 am

  4. JRP

    Brian – these are some of your best stills. I don’t remember ever seeing the compass one before today and that one…really caught my eye. Love the idea…very creative…

    Love the DOF on the boxes and the colors pop off the page.

    The perspective of the rose in the JD bottle is fantastic and the money is such a sharp shot.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:45 am

  5. beautiful!

    November 8, 2008 at 7:18 pm

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