Photographing at home as a path to a healthier life

Photographing indoors does not have to be understood as something that happens only when you’re forced to stay home. It should be part of the whole adventure of photography, as part of a program for a healthier life, that could be disseminated through camera clubs.

This month, as part of a collaboration that started a few years ago, I published a new article at Manfrotto School of Xcellence. I’ve covered different subjects there, from wildlife to flowers, but this time, I take another path with photography, and challenge readers to explore their own homes. Photography happens everywhere, when you’ve the ability to wake up every morning with new eyes.

Marcel Proust once wrote that “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”. I sincerely believe it is so, and I am more than preaching it, I practice it every day. That’s something that fuels my passion for photography.

Photography: The adventure starts home, is the title of my new article at Manfrotto. The notes published point to that article, where I share my ideas about the whole concept of photographing at home. If the theme interests you, accept the challenge, and follow the link to read the whole article at Manfrotto, but do not stop there. Photograph your home. And do not stop there…

Portraits can be a life-long project that will document family and friends

Readers could help start a movement that goes beyond the simple article I wrote. And that includes you. First, let me explain, here, why I wrote it, a short explanation that I expand on the said article. I find that, many times, articles about photography are either about studio photography or about outdoors adventures, as if photography could not exist beyond those fields. Yes, sometimes you’ll read about “photography at home”, but presented as something to practice when “it’s raining cats and dogs” or extremely cold. But what about people who, for one reason or another, can not leave home? Are they not allowed to pursue photography as a pastime and passion?

The question always comes back to me when people tell me they find nothing interesting to photograph at home/from home. Then I show them my collection of sunsets from my kitchen window, and they become curious and, eventually, interested. I know not everyone has such a view (which is mostly dull during the day, believe me), but you don’t need to dream of sunsets, you just have to explore whatever you’ll find when you look outside of your windows. I could tell you a dozen more interesting things to photograph!

Flowers photographed at home on a tabletop studio or balcony

Believe it or not, there is a whole world, always changing, inside your house. That’s the secret I share in the article I wrote for Manfrotto School of Xcellence. I share ideas, point to projects, even give a final recipe with the ingredients to make the adventure happen. But I don’t want it to stop there, and that’s the reason why, after having seen it published, I decided to write this one note — a long one — urging readers to not just read the article, but to share it through their Facebook or other social media.

Furthermore, people could, besides sharing the article, promote the idea it presents. It may help those who read it to explore their own homes, but it may help friends that “don’t know what to photograph at home”. Or maybe you know someone that likes photography, but can not easily move around. Share this with them. Discuss the idea, share it with friends, it is not just about photography, it is about finding interesting ways to spend time at home. That’s the reason why I wrote this article.

The whole idea can be taken further, in different directions. Following Marcel Proust suggestion of “new eyes”, maybe people at camera clubs could get together and help disseminate this idea of photography at home as a helpful aid for a healthier life. Maybe you know someone in your community that may benefit from reading the article, especially if you give them your example. Go home and start photographing and then go out and share that experience with others.

Camera clubs are a space where another type of approach can be tested, especially with groups of friends that already photograph together. I believe it can be an interesting adventure to create a type of “photo walk” where a small group would spend one afternoon, for example, photographing at someone’s home. On a monthly basis, or so, depending on the club activities, one of these “photo walks” could be arranged. Sharing the photographs captured then, maybe through the creation of a slideshow, will be a unique experience for not only those involved but for everyone at the club. These activities could expand the notion of the importance of “photography at home”

Again, it can be done, and it can be an interesting experience for everybody, including the owner of a house/home, who discovers how others SEE his/her place. It’s, from my point of view, an exciting adventure. I write about this in my article at Manfrotto, so go there to expand this notion.

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