I’ve been a avid follower of Oren Grad’s Things Seen photoblog for quite a while. It’s not your ‘every photo is a big, glorious Photoshop wonder’ blog, I think it’s more of a quiet “here’s what I saw” blog. I grew up on the East Coast of the US, and many of the photos are in locations on the East Coast, so there’s a certain resonance there that I find rewarding as a viewer. The locations move around, though. It’s been interesting to see photos of places that I’ve visited, and photos of places I haven’t.
So I was startled and delighted when photos appeared from Seattle, a city that’s not far from my home, and which I know well. (Start here and browse forward for the Seattle photos)
And the interesting thing is that Seattle doesn’t look the same through Oren’s eyes as it does through mine. I don’t much care for cities, and if I were to make photos in Seattle in the locations Oren did, my photos would not look much like Oren’s. I’m not saying Oren’s are good, or that mine would be bad. I’m observing that they would be different, and that’s got me thinking. Fun thinking. Interesting thinking.