I got into a no blogging phase after my last post (“Calaguas Island Tour’s Day 2: The Time of Our Lives“) on September 12 due to working on some higher priorities so to speak.
A few days ago, I tried so hard to get back into blogging after the long pause. It was foiling…I wrote different blog titles but none of them reached the draft stage. Tonight, I just dived into it and―look there―this prologue to the post (“Top 5 Spots for Nature Lovers in Riyadh”) that I had tried to finish long before the hiatus.
The title was actually a suggestion from Ms. Laura Alho of the Blue Abaya. She commented on one of the photos I posted on my Instagram last July 25. I was star-struck; nonetheless, got more motivated and inspired considering her reputation. Subsequently, she sent me an email about guest posting. I did not fully understand it was about that until my long break. When I was in the mood to compose it though, priorities crept in as stated earlier. I was unable to get back to her on time so I now decided to have the post on the blog instead. Thankfully, my writing mojo is back and there is no stopping it (at least for now).
But before I publish that post, I would like to share with you three of my most favorite snapshots―which were all taken along Al Thumairi Street in Ad Dirah during my first (“The Very Colorful And Nitid Land Of Golden Souqs“) and second visits there to do street photography with my housemates (Alvin and Marwin), officemates (Ace and Charles), and Onel (thechinitowanderer).
Doing photography for almost five years now, I still consider myself an amateur because the only “science” behind my technique is trial and error―pressing the shutter countless times only to pick just a few in the end.
That said, there were a lot of things that I learned from the experience of being a non-pro photographer. One of which is that there is something beautiful out of the mundane. That I have the power to make something boring interesting rather than trying to capture something interesting in a boring way. I believe this is what matters most in photography. It has become my social media platforms’ catchphrase as well as a guiding principle in this craft ever since.
Those two visits in downtown Riyadh made me realize that, beyond question, street photography is all about capturing beauty in the mundane.
Learn to embrace the ordinary things around you because doing so could unlock your true potential in photography.
Finding magic in the mundane (kennettsquaretoday.com)
Creating Something Beautiful Out Of The Mundane (yobynos.wordpress.com)
5 Photographers That Find Beauty in The Mundane (hashtagphotographymagazine.co.uk)