“Photography is an art of observation.” Portland Lifestyle Photographer. Portland, OR

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

-Elliott Erwitt

This is one of my favorite quotes that describes what I feel makes every photographer unique. Photography allows us the amazing ability to share with others our unique ‘ways of seeing’ and experiencing life. It makes you slow down and notice things that usually go unnoticed in our ever-so-busy life.

Here are some fun things I’ve seen in seemingly mundane places. Do you see what I see?

The Global Meltdownapparitions; ghosts in water reflection; wishing well; phantom; supernatural appearance; thriller; perceptions; reflections in the pond; coins in the water; making wishes with coins shadows; indiana jones; apparitions; illusions; shadow play; shadow characters emoticons; smiley in a teacup; reflections in a teacup; emoticons in a teacup; good morning tea

Can you guess where I saw this smiley looking at me?
split personality; face on the fence; you are being watched
tulip; peek a boo; undercover flower; flora; flowers that look like something else; hidden images; red tulip; red spy; peeking tulipthe parting kiss; a piece of log; cross section of a log; tree annual rings; man and woman kissing; yin yang; circle of life and death; black and white log image

It is also interesting how hard it is to ‘un-see’ something you’ve seen. This last image won a merit in the Oregon Professional Photographers Association’ image competition. But it almost didn’t make it because what was obvious to me (the two faces in a parting kiss), was not quite seen by all the judges! Glad they eventually did! 🙂 Did you?!