Beauty in the worn
Amidst the hustle and bustle of a city there are thousands of small, picturesque scenes that are happening all around you. There’s a certain beauty to the mundane, the run down, and the ugly. And in a city you walk by a lot of these scenes every single day.
Capturing the mundane is a bit harder because you have to be present to your surroundings, which can be challenging when you are commuting to work every day. I find that just deciding you want to go shoot is the first step. Second I start walking, looking at anything that jumps out at me.
While graffiti and crumbling posters can be seen as an eyesore, I like to observe the colors and textures they provide. Garbage and broken objects can be found on just about any block, but I look for things like light and contrasting surroundings to bring out a unique combination of elements. Composition becomes key in producing striking images so I tend to take my time and look at the setting from different angles. Using the Moment App sliders, I tend to adjust the exposure and temperature while shooting so that the images I capture require less editing later. Capturing these types of scenes is a way that one can find beauty wherever they are.