TRAVEL AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN PENNSYLVANIA.
I usually don’t travel often but when I get an opportunity to do so. I do make an attempt to take such a moment. I was recently given of offer to travel to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and spend a few days away from my hometown of New York City.
With the start of the fall season, I thought that it would be a perfect opportunity to take photographs of the trees changing colors. And as well I thought it would be a good change of pace to photograph something different, other than the streets of New York City as I normally do. So after packing all the photography gear that I thought I would need for the trip. I headed out to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania with a good friend. Once there I did not start photograph anything right away.
I actually took the time to take in my new surroundings and relax. Relaxing is not something that we all don’t get to do continuously. Usually we might spend two days or weekend off from work just trying to catch up on the things that we could not do during the workweek.
But this was a trip that was going to last a week and it was just the perfect moment to truly relax and enjoy the time away. The next day I thought about going out and taking a walk with my camera and gear in hand to see what I could photograph.
As I stepped out and started walking, a sudden thought came to my mind. And that thought was. “What the hell can I photograph out here?” For I was literally away from any town or city, I was staying in the woods for a few days.
I was simply taken out of my comfort zone, that comfort zone is usually photographing buildings, people, activity and street photography. But for the time I was away, I had no people to photograph, no tall buildings or skyscrapers, no traffic and no large groups of people to photograph. All I had was the woods and open space as you can see below.
So I just did what I usually do when I go do street photography in New York City, and that was to just take a walk and explore the area to see what I can discover. As you can see from the above photo leafs on the trees where changing color. So that agenda that I wanted to do while I was away from home was taken care of.
During my exploring I did come across the following statue.
A statue on a lawn at a residence located in East Stroudsburg, PA. To me this was a sign of life and activity. You would not see such a thing lying around New York City, so for me it was worth taking a photo of it.
Walking further down the road I thought this view was worth taking a photo of.
Just a few houses and a great view of the sky and some great colors on the trees.
While walking further and a few hours later I had heard a noise as if something was passing through some bushes. I quickly turned and it was a deer just walking around the area that I was currently in.
I could never photograph deer that’s walking randomly around New York City. I would have to go to a local zoo for that. But to photograph one that is not in a cage and roaming freely was for me a good moment.
After walking some more and as the day when on I finally came across not one, but two subjects that seemed to be more than willing for me to photograph them. In all honesty I just think that they was wondering what exactly I was doing.
After the photo was taken they just simply walked away slowly. As if they both knew the photo was taken. This was for me the best moment I could have photographed. I could have never done such a thing in New York City.
My immediate thought as they walked away was. “It felt good to be taken out of my comfort zone.” For it’s moments such as this that I enjoy the art of photography. For it makes me (and hopefully others) want to do more.
Hope you all enjoyed this post.