“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” Robert Frost
In my workshops I talk about feeling a place before you photograph it. In fact we do an exercise. When we arrive at the location I ask the participants to leave their cameras in the car for at least fifteen minutes and just quietly wander around the area until it speaks to them. Only then can they get their cameras and try to capture what they are feeling.
This is a wonderful way of slowing down and getting in touch with the essence of a place.
But I must confess it doesn’t always work that way for me.