Finding beauty in the everyday

As I play around with photography more and more, I have started to see things around me in a new light. I try to find an angle or composition that you wouldn’t normally take notice of. There is beauty all around us, all of the time, we just need to discover it.

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Beauty lies in the humble, the decayed and neglected, the mundane, the ordinary, the ‘ugly’. I find myself drawn to imperfection, finding it more compelling, more interesting and comforting. The more beauty we find in the everyday, the more joy, meaning and purpose we can feel. I want to be able to make people pause and linger over my photographs, at the beauty of something so ordinary as a rusting metal fence or a misty window.

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I’m not always travelling to exotic places (I wish!), but I always have my camera on me knowing that I can find plenty of inspiration on my doorstep.

There are some great photographers that really make me pause at their photographs and I admire how they capture moments that many of us would just pass by. I get very inspired via their instagram accounts; I follow Haarkon, who capture nature and light incredibly, Sixstreetunder who captures beautifully the day-to-day grind, and a local photographer Koda.film who captures my local area so wonderfully in monochrome.

I hope this post inspires you to take a walk nearby. Try and stretch your mind to what could make for an interesting photograph. Rust, peeling plaster, a certain texture, moss growing from decayed buildings, a silhouette, a window reflection, a shadow – open your eyes to what is around you, the things that make you pause and try and discover beauty in the unexpected.

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These photographs are taken within a short walk from my home, and so I hope they inspire you to find the beauty on your doorstep, living our ordinary lives.

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