The Staple in My Photographic Diet


How you can find endless inspiration in the things that you see everyday?

The staple in my photographic diet:

I’ve always had a soft spot for power lines. I love how the lines can lead you in and out of a composition. They are simple yet highly complicated in there arrangement, making them infinitely interesting.

I recently found a binder of negatives that I shot back in high school. To my surprise, I found that I’ve been shooting one thing consistently through the years. Power lines. I really had no idea that this was my ‘go to’ subject matter until I started digging around for old contact sheets. I always seem to find beauty in telephone poles and power lines.

I assume that most photographers have experienced the phenomenon of having a ‘staple’ in their photographic diets. This proves that you can turn any mundane subject into beautiful art with the way that your eyes see them. Andy Warhol made huge waves in the art world by taking objects from our everyday lives and changing the way people see them. This is something that anyone can do. We can all become our own “Warhols” and help others see the beauty in an otherwise boring subject.

When I photograph power lines, my confidence rises. That confidence feeds my creativity, which allows other great things to happen with my photography. I mainly photograph things for myself but if I can use that to help others find inspiration, I have done something amazing.

Find what inspires you, recreate it, and show the world.

written by medusapadlock on 2011-08-23 in #lifestyle #love-analog #art #power-lines #photography #inspiration


  1. francesco1
    francesco1 ·


  2. sidsel
    sidsel ·

    I guess my staple has always been my pets. They're the reason why I started taking pictures when I was 5 or so. When my parents bought me my first camera [a polaroid 600], I used all the film that came along for my Sheltie puppy, who was kind of a model dog and always happy to pose for me. Now that he's gone I'm so grateful I've taken hundreds of pictures of him, and I'm doing the same thing with my current pets, and I must say they're quite photogenic too :-)
    Nice article, I have a thing for telephone lines too, and streetlamps at night are another favorite of mine!

  3. nattykins
    nattykins ·

    Your photos are beautiful!! My go to subjects are clouds and trees. I could photograph them all day and I love that no 2 trees or clouds are the same

  4. medusapadlock
    medusapadlock ·

    @nattykins I totally agree, clouds are also very inspiring. @sidsel Pets make the ultimate models, they are always there and cant get mad at you for bugging them... :) Thanks for the nice comments!

  5. disdis
    disdis ·

    Power lines are also my favorites. I would also include cups of coffee, breakfast, wooden doors, trees and leaves

  6. jojothemonkeyy
    jojothemonkeyy ·

    I love to stare at clouds (:
    Especially when they block a strong ray of sunlight so only part of it is illuminated!
    Very pretty ^^

More Interesting Articles

  • Gallery Alert: Catch Barry Feinstein’s iconic Bob Dylan photos in the UK while you still can

    written by cheeo on 2014-03-28 in #news
    Gallery Alert: Catch Barry Feinstein’s iconic Bob Dylan photos in the UK while you still can

    Barry Feinstein was a staple name in the rock n' roll photography industry during his time. His iconic photographs of music icon and legend Bob Dylan are just some of his famous images. Now, you can take a closer look at the photographer’s work and see them on prints while they are still on display in the UK.

  • Mixed Media: Combined paintings and photographs by John Chervinsky

    written by cheeo on 2014-05-15 in #lifestyle
    Mixed Media: Combined paintings and photographs by John Chervinsky

    Variety can always spice things up when it comes to artistry. See how photographer John Chervinsky jumps from one medium to another and explore the notions of variety in his series Studio Physics. More photos after the jump.

  • My Year in Analogue: Something New, Something Old

    written by murdoc_niccals on 2014-12-15 in #lifestyle
    My Year in Analogue: Something New, Something Old

    Hi, everyone! I'd like to share with you my 2014 summary on analogue photography. Some things I did were completely new, while some were my good old habits. This year I learned how to develop black and white film, which I consider my greatest milestone. But the most important thing is that in 2014, I remain in love with Lomography! And the rest? Well, let's see...

  • Shop News

    Recognizable Images of Petzval

    Recognizable Images of Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • Top Photo Likers of 2014

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-12-28 in #news
    Top Photo Likers of 2014

    Do the photographs in our community often leave you tongue-tied? You can still let your fellow lomographer know how much you appreciate their work by clicking the "Like" button. No matter how simple, this gesture can inspire anyone to go on with their analogue adventure. Here are the top photo likers of 2014.

  • World Photography Day Rumble

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-08-20 in #competitions
    World Photography Day Rumble

    How do you celebrate photography in your everyday life?

  • How to Change Lenses with the Diana Baby 110

    written by chooolss on 2014-12-14 in #lifestyle
    How to Change Lenses with the Diana Baby 110

    It might not look like it, but the Diana Baby 110 is definitely more than it lets on. For example, did you know that you can alternate using 12mm and 24mm lenses with it? Find out how in this tutorial!

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Down By The Water With The Krab - 10 Quick Tips To Try

    written by shhquiet on 2014-07-10 in #lifestyle
    Down By The Water With The Krab - 10 Quick Tips To Try

    There's a lot that you can do with a Lomo LC-A+/Lomo LC-Wide and a Krab, besides the obvious (which is take it in the water with you). Get creative by trying various angles and perspectives; you'll be surprised how a slight tilt can make a dramatic difference to your photos. Take a look at the gallery below for some inspiration!

  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-06 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!

  • Then and Now: Artist tastefully extends old photos beyond their borders

    written by cheeo on 2014-05-08 in #lifestyle
    Then and Now: Artist tastefully extends old photos beyond their borders

    Have you ever wished that you could just extend the view of your camera to perfectly capture what you see through your viewfinder? See how an artist does exactly just that with this series of sketches based on old photographs.

  • Shop News

    Show Off your Pics with Style!

    Show Off your Pics with Style!

    Build vivid hanging LomoCurtains, robust free-standing LomoCastles, and dazzling mounted LomoMosaics! Just click them together with the Lomography Photoclips!

  • Lomo’Instant on a Sunny Day

    written by jacobs on 2014-11-06 in #gear #tipster
    Lomo’Instant on a Sunny Day

    I recently had the opportunity to take the world’s most creative instant camera — the Lomo'Instant — for a stroll on an unusually warm and sunny November day. My goal was to acquaint myself with the endlessly cool features and infinite possibilities the camera possesses while creating some beautiful photographs in the meantime. Read on to see the results!

  • Spice Up Your Lomo'Instant Snaps with a Cool Collage

    written by jacobs on 2014-12-15 in #gear #tipster
    Spice Up Your Lomo'Instant Snaps with a Cool Collage

    As you may have noticed, we love finding awesome ways to show off our Lomo'Instant snaps. That's why any time we come across a new and cool method, we just have to share it. Scroll down to see how you can display your instants in a beautiful collage style!

  • Check It Out: The Colorsplash Microsite Gets A Makeover!

    written by shhquiet on 2014-07-15 in #news
    Check It Out: The Colorsplash Microsite Gets A Makeover!

    We gave the Colorsplash Microsite a grand redesign. You can find everything that you need to know about Colorsplash products, plus some techniques to try and galleries to inspire you, in this new and improved site! Come take a look and let us know what you think.