I have been excited to share this guest post with you for quite a while. Matt got it to me well ahead of time. You don’t know how badly I wanted you to see these photos. It took great blog discipline for me to adhere to the schedule. Finally, the time has arrived and I can share Matty Wolin’s breath taking images of ‘The Windy City’, Chicago! Not only is Matt a great photographer, he is a marathoner. If you have any questions about distance running, he’s your guy. The reason I tell you this, many of his images are made while out for a run.
When Justin asked me to write a blog focusing on the photographs I have taken near my home, I knew that I had quite the challenge head of me. After all, in my experience, photography and travel go hand in hand. For me, photography has always been about exploration, journeys in capturing moments rarely seen.
I am a city boy, hailing from the 2nd largest metropolis in the United States. However, if you were to ask me which of my photos are the greatest, I would not show you images of skyscrapers and highways. Rather, I would show you moments from the country: The Rocky Mountains of the west, haystacks in Montana, roadsides so idle you could sleep on them.
When friends visit, I am often amazed at some of the pictures they take of my city. I even become slightly jealous at times given that they are able to create such captivating compositions out of sights that I often take for granted. When it comes to photography, there are some major advantages with regard to seeing something for the first time. Consequently, I find myself becoming desensitized to the sites I see everyday, but enough excuses.
On the flip side, a photographer has numerous advantages when it comes to capturing those moments right outside his front door. Knowing the right locations during the right weather can make for some amazing photo opportunities. Likewise, an understanding of where to be when the sun comes up or goes down is another advantage that only a person living in the city would know. So the next time you set out to capture your home territory, take advantage of those particular facets that experience has afforded you, but also, try to see things as if it were your first time.
If you enjoyed this post in the ‘Out Their Front Door’ series, you can catch up on the entire series here.