I learned awhile back that every photographer sees things a little different than someone else and that’s one subject that I want to address in one of the next blogs. One of the things that I really enjoy is spending time with my wife to go out and take pictures together. I’m always curious to see what she sees because our visual interpretations are so different from each other. Sometimes what we see is so totally different from the other that you’d never know in looking at our pictures that we were even in the same place. She sees the little details in a scene whereas I’m always looking at the total scene and wouldn’t notice the little scrap of metal lying along the side of the path. She’ll take a pic of that scrap of metal and make a compelling image out of it. Because of her ability to see the details, she has helped me to see a lot more of the little details in a scene.
Sunday afternoon, we met my mom for lunch at Roosters in Denton. Roosters has an unusually inviting array of comfort food and is a visual assault of colors and details. Just the perfect storm type of place that could both irritate and stimulate our optical senses. Bright, vibrant colors everywhere, both inside and out are present to greet you as you drive up to the building. After we had all finished our meals and started to leave, neither one of us could resist pulling out our iPhones and snapping a few pics.
Here is my wife’s pic:
And here is my parting pic:
The funny thing is, is that we had managed to snap about the same type of pic. That doesn’t ever happen. It did start a discussion however about wouldn’t it be fun for both of us to take a picture of some of the places we visit just in our normal comings and goings. Nothing fancy, but just use our iPhone cameras and related software to record an image of whatever we see when we are out together. Then we would share our images together to see what we come up with and see how different or similar they turn out.
Our discussion soon turned to how we could best share our pictures together for people to see a side-by-side comparison. I would see the overall scene or big picture I thought and she would see down to the tiniest details. We thought of some different, humorous Twitter account names to try and use like; “He Said_She Said,” or ”He Saw_She Saw,” but both of those were taken. Then we thought of “He Shot_She Shot.” That name seemed more appropriate to what we were trying to do anyway, was available, and would fit right in with my web site name MooreShots. If we could use this name for a Twitter account then why couldn’t we check to see if the .com domain name was available. It wasn’t. Someone already had registered it. Turns out, as I was typing it in to the domain search section, that if you pronounce it a little bit differently than what we had intended, you get, “He’s Hot_She’s Hot.” Hmmmm, that’s why that domain was taken, but the challenge was on anyway.
Last night after picking up a pizza, we drove past this nursery like we had done a hundred times before. This nursery has all of these clay pots all over the edge of their property. The clay pots come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Right off the bat, I thought I might lose this challenge. My Superman weakness to Kryptonite is/are colors. Colors are my weakness. I might get sucked right in to the sea of colors the clay pots were presenting and not be able to focus on pulling together an acceptable shot. The sun was just about to go down and there was a beautiful warm glow being cast across the scene. I’m in trouble from the very start as my wife is averse to the screams of the colors flaunting themselves shamelessly at us. She can zoom right on past the noise, deep into the serenity the details bring to her as she focuses her camera. Regardless of the obstacles, it was just too good of a moment to pass up and what a better place than to continue with our “He Shot_She Shot” challenge. So, what did we come up with?
Here are some images my wife shot:
And, here’s what I shot:
I’m curious to see how our “He Shot_She Shot” challenges turn out over time and the similarity or diversity of the images we share. Who knows, it may turn out to be a version of “He’s Hot_She’s Hot.” I will warn you though that I don’t take losing very well and if my wife’s pictures start to get more attention than mine then it may not be a subject we keep updating. Anyway, please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts. The subject of different photographers seeing the same scene and the images that may ensue is fascinating to me. At least for now, you’ll get to see what we shot together.