I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morningtime drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovyPaul Simon, The 59th Street Bridge Song
For those of us who grew up in the sixties, groovy was the feeling we all aspired to. Groovy was exciting, fun, cool (another sixties word!) Too young to really be part of hippy culture, it nevertheless influenced my tastes in fashion and music. Getting ‘in the groove’ was where I wanted to be, even if as a schoolgirl I was probably very far from being so!
In this week’s Lens Artists Challenge Anne asks us which type of photography we most enjoy. What is our photography groove? That got me thinking. I guess we all lean towards certain photo styles: macro, street, landscape, wildlife, portrait. The list is endless, and we can all point towards the ones we enjoy, the ones we do rarely and maybe a couple not at all. I have never tried studio portraiture, for instance, and at present feel no inclination to do so. But show me an interesting face or character on the street and my camera is immediately pressed into action!
But is a groove necessarily a good thing or should we try to break out of it from time to time?
Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them.Steve Jobs
One needs only to remember that a groove may be safe–but that, as one wears away at it, the groove becomes first a rut and finally a grave.J. Paul Getty
If you always take landscapes, maybe go in close for a macro shot of a single flower. If you always take architectural shots in cities, try some street photography.
That’s why I love travel photography, there’s always something different to see and photograph. On one trip the emphasis might be on wildlife and nature. On another, history and culture. But always there is the pleasure of capturing daily life in a place often very different from home.
So for this challenge I simply want to share some favourite shots that demonstrate the variety of photo opportunities to be had while travelling, focusing less on the big sights and trying to tell the story of each place. Because that’s where I really find my groove!