This exercise encourages us to just take a wander and photograph freely, then review and consider what caught our eye. This particular wander is through the French port city of La Rochelle, on a particularly hot and sunny day, though the town to a bay on the other side and back again.
Below are 3 contact sheets showing the 40-odd photographs that caught my eye on reviewing. There’s a mix of architecture, some abstracts, plants and trees, a few people. Unusually few people for me – it wasn’t a productive day for stalking human subjects.
There’s a strong graphic theme running through the selection. I like images that are relatively simple. That’s not to say a lack of detail, but a minimising of clutter. I also like to see textures in photographs, almost like you could reach in and touch what you’re seeing, and I fear I could develop an obsession photographing those rotting wooden pilings.
The hollyhocks are contributing to a project of mine based on plants growing out of built structures.
I decided to pick 3 of the images I like best and give them some editing attention: