What Is a Good Photographic Subject?
It's a question many people ask.
What do you think qualifies as a good photographic subject? How many of us see the miniscule natural beauties of our world or the architectural details that surrounds us every day? If we slow down, the ordinary can become extraordinary, the “typical” can be revealed in a different way. Art often does this for us.
The Art Around You
In 2007 Larry Emerson founded The Art Around You. The concept is capturing images of the people, places and things we look at every day but never really see. It sounds simple, but to do this well requires a great eye and a big slice of inspiration.
Abstraction with a meaningful context
Although fundamentally on a mission to make art photography, Larry also works for clients doing commissioned work. For many projects, it’s a great creative alternative to stock photography. To make each project uniquely its own, Emerson travels to the location that a company (or patron) wants rediscovered through his art. He watches and waits for inspiration, then captures a time and a space with his camera. The images may be architectural details, expressions of natural beauty or abstraction of human activities. In contrast to the ubiquitous stock photos, the art that comes out of his vision is specific to that location and uniquely relevant to those activities.
Think about what most body shops use for imagery – crumpled fenders, or magic, shiny restorations. Emerson expresses the beauty and craftsmanship within the work environment and beautifully illustrates a side of the business they really take pride in.
Finally I thought it might be interesting to apply some motion and text to his photos. I guess this would be Art Around You (in motion). This is an example of one recent project.