Find Your Motif


One of the things I enjoy more and more in photography is finding a motif to go back to regularly.
I have found a few places – most notably a memorial stone in the forest and a giant steel statue – that I keep going back to to make photos. I believe that this is a great way of exploring new techniques, of learning by trying out alternatives. it is amazing how different the same thing can look like when you shoot it in a different light, from a different angle, or with different equipment, or film.
I don’t find it boring neither. In fact I am still delighted at how much variety one can find in a single motif. You might also think that it is contrary to the Lomography philosophy which stresses the approach of “don’t think just shoot” and being spontaneous. But if you have a favourite motif you always have something to go when you fancy trying something new. Got a new film you wanna try, or the light is just incredible? Go to your motif and see what you can do with it.

Here are two of my favourites:
1. A giant statue of Orpheus, which catches the light beautifully on its steel “skin”:

Credits: carsten-schmitt

2. A lost memorial for a murdered girl in the woods:

Credits: carsten-schmitt

written by carsten-schmitt on 2012-10-08

One Comment

  1. stratski
    stratski ·

    I know what you mean! I keep coming back to the same things as well. Most natably the view from the train platform where I wait for the train home every day after work. Somehow I must photograph those office buildings with every new camera or film I get. Here's an album:

    I really like the pictures of that monument in the wood, keep making more of them, I'd say!