Photography as a safe journey outside
There are many important qualities to photography and photographers. While you can sit at home and take photos of your pets, your dinner, or those you have been trapped with through the stay safe order, those photos won’t get you out of COVID induced inertia. Photography is about adventure and the stories behind each photo, the moments in time and the images that help us remember. I want my photos to be a window to show new places or a new twist on the seemingly mundane, to show the hidden side of something we see everyday. Below, I have showcased photos I took throughout the year, even before the stay-safe-stay-home order, to get myself into the moment and out of inertia.
All photos by Caden Meyers
It was the end of boating season and rain poured down on September 15. While putting away food and water in the car to keep it dry, I noticed the hood of our car. The raindrops just stayed still on a black surface, creating a bumpy looking texture that gave this photo a more interesting shape.
While biking on a trail on December 22, I decided to take a break and wander off into the woods that the path traveled through. Within the woods I found a plant with cotton-like fluff coming off of it. I approached it and took this photo with a cool winter stream running behind it.
While in the stands of Jimmy John’s field on August 8, I took a picture of the pizza in my hand with the sunlight making the red of the tomato glisten. While the food tasted moderate at best, I found that the photo made this average food look mouth watering.
While sitting in my room bored from not being able to leave my house I started messing with my lamp. After turning it to the brightest setting I wanted to see if my phone could lower the brightness of the lamp with a photo. So by lowering the light allowed into my phone I was able to catch only the light of the hot wire within the lightbulb.
After biking ahead of my family and reaching an area on my trail without service I took a break to admire the scenery around me. A bit off trail there was a small pond with a log sticking out into the middle. Out of curiosity and boredom I went to this log and saw that underneath the thin ice the sun illuminated the leaves trapped underneath.
While visiting my cousins cottage on December 30, I was struck with inspiration. After sitting for an hour, bored and staring at the rope swing outside, I decided the swing would be a perfect candidate for my photos. Rather than getting the complete swing in the photo, I focused up close on the interweavings of the rope.
On a cold December morning my cousin’s dog followed me outside while I was taking photos. With my cousin's dog already with me I decided to use her as a subject in my photos. Unlike with people getting a hyper dog to stay still for a photo was quite the challenge, but after struggling for around 20 minutes with the dog I finally got her tired enough to lie down for my photo.
On August 2 I was on my way back home from a long day of boating when I finished my bottle of Gatorade. With the sun shining in my face I remembered a trick I used before. I raised the empty bottle in my hand in front of the sun, capturing it’s light within this empty container.
On October 12 my family decided we would take a road trip to Niagara Falls. While most people’s eyes were attracted to the marvel of the falls I looked in the other direction to the bridge I crossed to get to the falls. From my vantage point I saw the unappreciated beauty of the bridge which was masked by the falls.
On February 21 I lay in the snow, I waited for the moment when the wind stopped pushing the snow off the top of the hill. I waited for the moment when the sun peaked its head over the peak. Then I took the photo, the sun's rays illuminating the birch tree and creating shadows behind the broken bark.