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Making Something Out Of Nothing

David J. Carol


© DAVID J. CAROL 2013


One of the greatest compliments I have ever received was, "You always find something where there is nothing." I don't literally believe this to be true. I do however understand the statement.

One of the biggest challenges for any photographer is to make original work. For me, the solution to this problem has always been to force myself to go to a place where I have had success before. But even more important than putting my self in that environment is to try and see things that are not always so obvious.

For example, I love to drive around randomly looking for "things" to shoot. Often, I'll drive into industrial parks. I drive down every little street, look behind buildings, and often just get out of the car and walk around. This is all with the hope that I'll see something I've never seen before. I try to find "something" where there appears to be nothing. The photo of an unmarked building above was taken in an industrial park. I love finding interesting "stuff," where others might think there's nothing.

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