Kate Flora: In the world of talented photographers, I wouldn’t even try to compete. Their brilliance is everywhere, including on my walls. But as regular readers of this blog know, one piece of advice I routinely offer to aspiring writers is to observe. To be tuned in to the world that surrounds us–listening to the sounds, watching the people, smelling the scents, feeling the surfaces. Because we don’t always remember what we’ve collected through our senses, our cameras or our phones can help us remember. Snap that reflection. Subtly collect those crazy shoes or that amusing store window. The weirdly rough bark on that tree.
You can also use this technique to try and see the world through your character’s eyes. How do your fictional creations see the world differently from the way you see it? What does their background bring to the table?
A few years back, I realized that something that pleased me and lifted my spirits was whimsy, and I began to collect that in my photographs as well. I’m not often enough attuned–I think few of us are despite our best intentions–but I am trying. In today’s post, I share some of the odd, amusing, surprising, and “whatever you want to call it” photos from my perambulations.
And of course, I could fill dozens of pages with our summer sunsets.