|Our dogs playing in the water at Moclips, WA, Pacific Ocean|
As design sources, the sand has many possibilities. Line and shape are represented with rhythm and repetition. Due to the brightness and contrast, there is very little color, making the images great for playing with a monochromatic color scheme. Value contrast can be studied and played upon.
When in nature, I look for these types of elements. Pattern, shape, line, repetition and variation, symmetry, contrast, and texture all create interest in a composition
While I may never make a composition from one of these particular photo, using a camera to train my eye toward good design has become a habit for me.
At the same time, using these photos could make an interesting series.
The process of just getting out into nature and seeing, REALLY seeing, can help infuse your creative well with more life, giving you the inspiration to bring forth new ideas in your chosen artistic endeavor.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I struggle with getting out. I tend to get a little insular, wanting to hole up in my house (especially on cold, rainy Seattle days!) I always have too much I want or need to do, and I can get caught up in wanting to have time making, rather than gathering more inspiration. But the process of looking for inspiration can help keep you creating.
Perhaps getting out with my camera each week should be part of my 5 x 7 challenge.... I'll have to think on it. What do you think? Would you like to see design inspiration photos each week?
Finding Inspiration Every Day