Philosophy

Everything is interesting. I believe this thoroughly, and it is upon this notion that my approach to creative activity is based. Whether creating a photograph or writing an essay or even cooking dinner, I try to come from the position that everything in life is interesting, even if it doesn't seem like it at first. It isn't always easy, but it's always worthwhile. Boredom or lack of interest is usually a signal that we're not keeping up our end of the bargain. The world exists, and that is enough. It is up to us to exercise our faculties and initiative to develop a deeper experience of that world. 

In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting.
— John Cage

Of course, some things are difficult to make especially interesting. Some assignments can be particularly difficult to nudge into compelling territory. It can be done, however, and I welcome the challenge. The creative problem-solving is one of my favorite parts of the practice of photography. This is true whether it's a matter of coming up with an effective visual solution  to illustrate or communicate something specific, or simply discovering the perfect angle to reveal something beautiful in the mundane. 

 
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The key is to look closely, be patient, and give the subject the opportunity to speak for itself.