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Photographing Things Beyond Reach

Updated on October 7, 2013
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Didn't your mother ever tell you look but don't touch? Now that you are an adult there are many more things that not only can you look at but can actually touch, buy, posses, admire and so on.

A photographic project feauting a wide array of subjects which are still beyond the reach of most of us is not only possible but can be used as a way of inspiring the rest of us to strive a little bit harder and never give up dreaming of one day doing just that, look and touch.

First make up a list of the things that you wish you could have. They can be material things , ideas, ideals or any of the many things that us mere mortals cannot reach by simple means but may be obtainable through hard work and persistance.

Once your own personal list is made, then it would be good to ask some others for examples of things which they may find unattainable. Compare both lists and by now you should have a pretty good idea of what to be on the look out for as you compose the images which will make up the entire project.

The easiest part of the project will involve recording mages of material things such as cars, houses, a jet and so on. The hardest part is turning ideals or ideas into real concrete subjects which you will then photograph

The difficulty arises when your images are not as clear in their representation as one may wish and not everyone agrees on what far fetch goal is being shown.

This is the point during which you must use your imagination and get creative as well as to share you images with others to ascertain if the meaning is clear enough to make it a good image that clearly fits the mold of the project.

Adj. 1. unattainable - impossible to achieve; "an unattainable goal" unachievable , undoable , unrealizable impossible - not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with; "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"

Although this definition is pretty straightforward your goal should be to record images of things that are difficult but not impossible to reach. The best images are usually those that do not require any digital manipulation. Pure unadulterated subjects make for the best of subjects.

Look for subjects naturally found in nature such as high majestic mountain tops, pristine woods, clear uncluttered beaches. Basically anything for which a person may long for.

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This particular project will render images that can be easily be used by most major photographic stock houses, inspirational publications, greeting card companies, fine art galleries.

They can also generally be used to decorate homes and offices.

Above all, you must be creative and use subjects which can evoke a feeling of hope of reaching something that may be difficult yet attainable.

Awakening a sense of desire should be your intention. In other words "prey" on the ever present human "need" to have what others have. The "better than the Johnses" syndrome.

Although this is not always the case with most photographic subjects where simplicity is most always the best approach the opposite is true with this one.

Try to share your efforts with others and carefully weigh their opinions.

If others do not see the message or feel the "feeling", then go back and try harder until you are fully convinced that you achieved the goal of representing something hard to reach but not impossible to obtain.

Seek to inspire others to do their best at all times and they too may see that nothing is impossible, maybe improbable but not impossible.

A word before we finish, stay away from recording images of things or circumstances that you know are all but impossible or extremely unlikely.

© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez


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