Forgotten Places

I’m not a big fan of shooting icons, those stand-up pretty spots that we have seen photographed time and time again. Personally, I like to have a little elbow room when making photos, both in a literal and figurative sense. Icons are often crammed with other shooters, and even when they are not, you have to elbow your way through the thousands of photos of the place that have been made before.

Whenever I can, I like to get off the beaten path, and to find the places unknown or forgotten by others. When alone in such places, I feel free to explore my personal vision, unfettered by the unrelenting crush of photographic history. The connection with my subject is more personal, and more intense. It is in the forgotten places that I feel that perhaps I am creating art, and not just mechanically pressing the shutter button.

There’s nothing wrong with shooting icons. They are beautiful places that will continue to inspire all of us for ages to come. But it is in the hidden places that you will hear your creative voice loudest. It is the forgotten places that will become your places, if you take the time to find them.

"Forgotten Places" - Zion National Park, Utah

"Forgotten Places" - Zion National Park, Utah

Technical details: Canon 5D Mark II camera, 14-24mm lens (@16mm), ISO 200, f/14, 1 second. 

Ian Plant

Author: Ian Plant

World-renowned professional photographer, writer, and adventurer Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to and blogger for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine, and a Tamron Image Master. Ian is also the author of numerous books and instructional videos. Ian leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision.

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