Photographing One State at a Time
Welcome to my state. Actually it doesn't have to my my state, any state will do so long as you do a photographic project which shows a true representational view of the best that your state has to offer.
The idea is to travel through your state and record images of locations that you would if asked, recommend to someone visiting your state for the first time.
The best thing is that you can also use this project to visit and photograph locations which you may not have visited before or had a reason to visit.
Concentrate on any places of interest and tourist attractions; what makes this or that place worth seeing is what you should ask yourself before snapping the shutter.
You can ask locals about their local hangouts, where are the best places to visit, are there any special locations worth seeing and so on. They will be your best eyes and will rarely lead you astray.
You can also record images of those scenes that are major tourist attractions and are probably listed on your state's tourism board brochures and web site, but often the best images are those that are not listed and can only be experienced by gaining an inside knowledge of the location.
Take for example Miami Beach or rather South Beach in Florida. Most anyone who is visiting for the first time thinks of going nowhere else but South Beach full of exotic clubs, restaurants, beautiful beaches and plenty of shopping, yet by doing a little talking they quickly learn that there are many of other places worth seeing like Coconut Grove, 8 Street, Dolphin Mall, Brickell, Key Biscayne, Vizcaya and Downtown as well as many other locations. The same holds true for most any other state in the union.
Florida for example has many noteworthy cities and towns with Miami probably being the most renowned. Key West is known for its casual lifestyle and party atmospheric rhythmic flavor as well as for it nightly sundown watching routine and off course for its fishing.
Go west for Naples and surrounding areas and here you can find some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches anywhere in the United States.
Plenty of fishing and complete relaxation if that is what your are looking for. Don't forget to see Tampa on your trip north as it is a city that has a rhythm that does not seem like a big city at all but rather a small town with a flavor all of its own.
Off course there is the city of Saint Augustine one of the oldest towns in all of the nation with beautiful Spanish era churches and architecture. A charm of the old country and similar atmosphere to boot. Also not to miss is the Old Spanish fortification of Castillo de San Marcos.
Tallahassee is the capital of the state of Florida and here you can see many attractions and visit the seat of government, play golf and enjoy one of the many restaurants and museums for which this city is known.
On your way back down stop by Orlando Florida and one or all of the world famous resorts, golf courses, shopping experiences and first class communities.
A must is the Crystal River near Orlando where the water is as it name says "crystal clear" and very pleasant at a constant 72 degrees. Here you can see a true Florida native in the gentle manatees as they calmly forage among the underwater vegetation. Don't forget to say hi to Mickey and Donald.
No visit to Florida is complete without a thorough visit to the Everglades. A still pristine expanse of marshlands, swamps and full of wildlife for which Florida is known such as the alligators and the many birds species .
Just like Florida and its several locations, any state also boasts a similar array of notable subjects to photograph and show a visitor its wonders. Think of it as a postcard project. The same postcards that a tourist would buy to show the folks back home where they have been and what they have seen.
Once you have completed your photo taking excursion, then it's time to submit them to possible buyers if this is within your plans.
Local tourist boards, travel magazines and local publications are all probable clients and they will always be on the lookout for suitable images that showcase their region's attractions and points of interest.
Keep in mind that for these images to stand out and separate themselves from past images of the same, yours must be infused with your artistry and stand out as being different but still posses those qualities that make them worthy of being used as propaganda for your own state.
Think; would you buy and show your images to your friends and acquaintances and will these same images really capture the essence of the place you visited and will they make the viewer wish that they could go? If you can answer yes to all then you have done a good job and you can now be confident that these images are pieces that can be sold and used by clients.
A good idea is to show them first to people you know and ask them to judge their potential in eliciting a response or awaken a desire to visit such locations.
© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez
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