Under your nose.


So it’s Monday and another week rolls around.  I was sitting here thinking about what to write on this morning, flicking through my catalogue of images and looking for something that would inspire me.  I am lucky enough to have been able to travel all over the world, to many beautiful places just to take photographs and I have many images of which I am proud.  Funny then that to me my favorites are not the Northern Lights in Iceland, nor the Camargue horses but the less dramatic, quieter moments like the one above.  I find it amusing also to think that despite spending all that time and money to travel far away my favorite shots were all taken near where I live or lived, some within 5 mins walk from my door and most of them were of everyday things and situations.


There as many great photographs out there right under our noses as there are photographers is what I guess I am trying to say.  It’s wonderful to travel around the world to see new places, different people, new landscapes but before you do remember to open your eyes to the everyday world around you first.  If you do, it will make you a better photographer.

About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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5 Responses to Under your nose.

  1. I agree completely! I would love to travel and one of these days I will, but most of my photography is either walking around where I live or within a 15 minute drive of the house.

  2. Great post, Brian, like you I find most of my favourites were taken close to home. Someone once said there are a 1000 photographs within 10 minutes of home. So true!!

  3. patriciamoed says:

    Very true. We forget to look around us and expect the great shots happen somewhere else!

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