It’s easy to get caught up in photographing subjects that are classically beautiful. Colorful sunsets, a brand-new baby, the dew on a fresh spring flower — everyone loves pictures that capture or enhance attractive qualities, but there’s something to be said for photographs that might be described as ugly, desolate, or even scary. Pictures of trash heaps, a burned up forest — subjects that aren’t classically beautiful can be just as moving and poignant as a crystal clear ocean, and often, elicit more emotion. As famed photographer William Eggleston said, “I am at war with the obvious.” In this gallery we curated a series of photographs of subjects that are often lost or forgotten, that capture the allure of the ugly or unbalanced and remind us that any subject matter can be striking.
Using repetition or showcasing it in a photograph is an effective tool to capture something special about a moment or object, especially a subject that may be easily overlooked. Buildings, flower petals, an old brick wall — our minds love to focus in repeating shapes, colors, and patterns. Consider taking a look at our Darkroom post about Pattern and Symmetry and the ways in which, juxtaposition, contrast, and emphasizing patterns is an effective way to capture symmetry. We’ve curated this gallery of “pattern as art” favorites to spark your imagination.
Street Photography is such a classic genre, and from city streets to rural side-roads, there’s something special about a candid moment. We’ve curated a few special Street Photography pictures to get you inspired to step outside and start shooting. Maybe you’ll find something special enough to share. We’re currently welcoming Street Photography shots with people as the subject in our “People” category and of course your most special pictures are welcome in our open submission calls. If you’re looking for tips or a bit more information on Street Photography, check out our darkroom post on How to Capture Your Best Street Photography. We look forward to seeing your world in motion!