It's not easy to ignore the iconic. And it's difficult to present iconoclastic scenes in an unorthodox manner. But when it all comes together and when the stars align, you just have to take it, right? But that doesn't stop prevent digging for surprises. Sometimes it's a matter of taking a knee. Other times you have to have temerity, scrabble and put yourself through discomfort, risk personal injury, contort. Much more often than not it's fruitless. But once in a while, maybe just from another minute of looking, magic can happen. Try them all-- natural framing, minimizing context, startling arrangements, switching point-of-view, ironic juxtaposition, mystery, deep recession, mimicry, on and on. And, once again, these strategies may apply to other situations than photography. When you're up against a brick wall, brace yourself with a splash of ice water, step back, and try something else. Keep after it.
The approach. My chest is fully open, ears back, eyes almost defocused. An imposing structure before me, I like to have my sense of scale fully on. This is one of those subjects I'm going to envelop and be enveloped by. I wish I could fully describe the openness I feel at times like these- to see detail and entirety at the same time. It is a trait we possess that can be nurtured. I am challenged by this opportunity to see with an absence of thought. Moving around and through an object in space is so metaphoric to me...the same opportunity presents itself in life every day. Seeing situations, particularly conflict, requires this kind of openness to everything at once and all the possible solutions. They just percolate up. We just have to let them.