Camera Position 145 : Leave Home, Part 2

Leaving home can not only allow you to view your personal environment with new eyes, but the new experiences you find when you’re away can also help you see the world in a different way. Here I use some examples of how something that was not inherently about being “away” prompted me to experiment with light, reflection and transparency.

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Bottle Studies 1, 2 & 3 – Photographs by Jeff Curto

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Camera Position 144 : Leave Home

As a kid, returning from my summer vacation showed me my home in a different way. Trees were bigger and the house smelled both familiar and new. Leaving home and coming back again can be a great way to invigorate the way you see. When we return home after being away, home is still the same, but we can see it with new eyes.

Home Still Life, 2015 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Home Still Life, 2015 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

Camera Position 143 : Sport Cooking

Years ago, I had a friend who was a professional chef. Sometimes, on his days off, he would come to my house and practice what he called “sport cooking” and I ended up applying the concept to my photography.

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Camera Position 142 : Dolce far Niente, or Put The Camera Down

Be in the moment.

In this episode, I encourage you to put your camera down, disconnect yourself from your devices and other distractions and embrace the Italian concept Dolce Far Niente; the sweetness of doing nothing.

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Grasses, Lake Superior, 2014 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Grasses, Lake Superior, 2014 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

Camera Position 141 : The Medium Is Not The Message

“The medium is the message” is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.

Content is king. Emphasizing content over visual flash encourages the viewer to respond intellectually and the idea of storytelling takes precedence.

In recent years, the proliferation of photography as a pastime has meant a huge number of images being produced and viewed every day. Some photographers have resorted to using visual flash over interesting content to rise above the fray. I still believe that content is king.

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Barista, Montepulciano, Toscana 2005 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Barista, Montepulciano, Toscana 2005 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

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