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Do you and your family have a favorite travel destination that you've always gone to for rest and relaxation? Or did you grow up with fond memories of family getaways like these? Maybe you're starting the tradition with your own kids. These places become touchstones in our lives, filled with memories and impressions that grow and change as the years go by.
There are several layers to photographing trips to memorable destinations: you want to capture accurate depictions of the place and its surroundings, but you also want your photos to convey the notions of tradition and the passing of time. In this course, author and photographer Ben Long visits his family's New Mexico cabin. He shows how to create photos that not only capture the essence of the place and its surroundings, but also convey its significance as the backdrop for shared family experiences and traditions. Along the way, he shows how to recreate old photos to capture what has changed, shoot details that haven't been documented before, and explore the surrounding area, to capture the full essence of the place.
This has been a, a really interesting process for me, and I'm, I don't think it's actually going to be over for a while. And not because I'm going to stay here and shoot more, although I do want to do some more shooting, but I think there's just going to be a lot of digesting that's going on as I leave. Both because of my photographic exploration, but also simply because of the process of really sitting down and willfully Deciding that I want t try and remember things here, and get them in order. I've heard a lot of stories, my mom told me last night that when she was four, she took a lot of tap dancing lessons, which I had never heard in.
Honestly can't really imagine. Anyway, I do know that I am excited now to continue this process. I, I want to shoot more of the details around here. I am also finding I want to go home, and do the same thing that I'm doing here at my house. I've been in the same apartment now for almost 10 years. I feel like I should start this documentation process early. Because I could start doing some things, like returning to the same location every year and shooting the same picture, and just watching the gradual change, trying to explore the same issues at home that I've explored here, what are the things that really spark memories.
So there's a lot I can go to from here. I feel like I've just scratched the surface, and that's exciting. Before I sign off here though, I want to offer one suggestion which is, I brought my parents out here to do that. You may want to do something like this with even more extended family and get more people involved in it. When you do that, though. They're all going to want copies of everything you've done. There's going to, there's an inherent sharing process that's going to be built into this. So you might want to look into some of the digital tools that are available to help facilitate that. Other people will probably be taking pictures also. Maybe you want all upload them to a photo sharing site so that you can work together to curate them.
To tag them with people's names and things like that. A photo sharing site is also a great way of getting prints out to lots of people, it saves you from having the hassle of having to print images and deliver them. You can just post things on a sharing site and people can go order their own prints or download their own copies or whatever. So, keep that in mind as you're working with your other family members, there is some way in which you're going to want to disseminate those. Personally, my experience here has led to a lot of words in my head, as well as images. Stories like my mom tap dancing when she was four. I'm writing all those down, I am a pretty avid journaler and do a lot of work augmenting my photos with words.
If you'd like to know more about that take a look at my travel journaling and geologging course. Main thing though is, I've really learned that this is not a normal photographic process I've gone through. All of the normal photographic things that I do of looking for good light and working compositions, I still all have to do all that. But the initial impetus for all my pictures has come from a much deeper, more internal, more introspective place, which is a very nice way to be shooting. So, if you haven't done something like this, I really recommend it. Not just to have that record, but because of what you're gona learn along the way.
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