Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at old photos as a starting place, part of Travel Photography: The Family Cabin.
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…It's the morning after I got here.…I, I'm not immediately pulling out…my camera and running around starting shooting.…I gotta kind of, in one way, separate myself…from the place so that I can see it,…and at the same time go really far into it so I can feel it and remember it.…It's a, it's a strange process.…And so I think what I'm going to do, to start…with, is just sit down and talk to my parents.…I had this idea that they've got a bunch of old pictures.…We should start looking through there, because that's probably going to…jog my memory, and really settle me into the place.…
This covers such a huge span of my life,…that I have lots of memories from different stages.…I don't know which ones I'm interested in,…or what it's possible to explore or record.…And so we built this deck, and, and we had two…electric drill guns, but we were spacing it with a pencil.…So I would take the pencil and screw mine down,…and I'd throw him the pencil, and he do that.…And we went back and forth, and he says, you know, if…we ever do this professionally, why don't we get ourselves another pencil?…
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.