Photo Essay

Window Shopping

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On May 15th I shared a short essay on losing interest in photography, the struggles of finding inspiration and how stumbling upon an Old Record Shop lead to a passion in photographing storefronts.

Finding a subject matter you enjoy and worth pursuing is not always easy, but often it is right in front of you. I have walked by hundreds if not thousands of retail stores and never thought of photographing any of them. In fact, I walked by the Old Record Shop with my camera a few times before returning to photograph it a day later. So what was it about this one shop and moment that triggered my inspiration? Certainly the architecture, window displays, record covered walls, emptiness of the shop and the evening lighting made it interesting. Or maybe it was just the fact they sold old records and the nostalgia of the past. But as I continue with the series, I realize it was much more then this. A veil was removed, eyes opened and my vision was restored. I saw it differently and needed to share my view of it. Now I see them everywhere and in new ways.

If you continue to struggle with finding new inspiration, start with what is in front of you. That everyday object or place you pass maybe the inspiration you need to start and experience something new. Open your eyes, stop window-shopping and bring your imagination to life.

2 responses

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (22 Apr 2014):

    Excellent essay, Eric. So true. Great advice. Wish I could vote, as well as nominate this story.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Apr 2014):

    Wonderful and inspiring photo essay and collection of images...Voted!

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