Last month I read the book Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen and I loved it on many, many levels. First and foremost, as a photographer. The entire book is centered around the story of a fine art photographer that moves from New York City into the mountains and gets a fresh look at life. What I loved most about her story was that she carried her camera everywhere. I’m so guilty of leaving my cameras at home and using my iphone as a “default” photo capture device if the need arises. This lady shows that taking your camera with you everywhere is not only a good idea (because you never know what you might see), but it can also be profitable.
Rebecca Winter made her name famous by taking photos of messy dishes and macro shots of her son as a baby, but when she leaves the big city she finds herself taking landscape shots and shots of the stray dog that took up with her. It’s a great story of fresh beginnings, but it got me thinking that I need to be more intentional with my personal photography and not rely so much on the trusty iphone. Over the past few weeks I’ve been looking for things throughout my everyday life that would fit the “Rebecca Winters” model of photography. Rule #1 – don’t move it, it must be photographed just as you found it. Rule #2 – there are no rules, take photos of whatever speaks to you and whenever possible, process in black and white.
So, here’s my take on Still Life with Breadcrumbs… Thanks for the inspiration Rebecca Winters (and Anna Quindlen)!