"You walked right by it!"
Sometimes people expect photographs to be created in a defined, linear, and controlled sort of way. I break the rules when it appears the “rule” isn’t working, why not try it another way? If you are going to photograph a shell, why not one that is dancing against the sun-drenched sky, why not one that was sculpted into a now well-worn concrete path? I am drawn to photograph subjects that tug at me as if I can’t breathe if I don’t preserve them for a canvas. When a particular subject captures my attention I just stop - and look at the subject from every angle, searching for just the right light and “framing with my feet”. Eventually a decision is made, yes, this is what I want to capture. Later, people may say oh, that’s different, where was it? I murmur with a smile - you walked right by it!