If you’re looking for photographic inspiration, shoot in these different places:
15 Places to Photograph
Some fun places you can shoot:
- Coffee shops
- Subways/Bus/Public Transportation
- Gas stations
- Parking lots
- Grocery store / supermarket
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Is a urinal a piece of art?
Marcel Duchamp with his ‘fountain’ said “YES!”:
A random place we can find lots of inspiration to make photos are bathrooms (restroom, W.C., toilet).
Or if you’re feeling really risky, also photograph people in public toilets:
Inspiration from Robert Frank’s “Americans”:
2. Coffee shops
Worst-case scenario you don’t get any good photos, but at least you get your cup of joe!
3. Subways/Bus/Public Transportation
Shooting subways and public transportation can be nerve-wrecking. But I suggest to pretend like you’re shooting something else– something behind your subject. Avoid eye contact.
Good inspiration is ‘Subway’ by Bruce Davidson.
If where you live is hot, shoot inside a mall. Technically you’re not allowed to shoot in a mall, but in this circumstance, I think it is better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.
This means, pretend to be a lost tourist, and just take photos. If someone asks you to stop, just apologize, stop, and move on.
You can find some of the most fascinating people to photograph when you’re going out to dinner with your partner or friends, or even when you’re at a bar. Once again, you can shoot candidly without permission (experiment using a flash), or asking for permission and trying to elicit some sort of reaction.
Shoot inside hotel lobbies, outside of hotels, or even inside your hotel room when you’re traveling. This will be good if you’re a consultant, living on the road, or simply being a tourist.
7. Gas stations
Good for us Americans (or anyone else who spends a lot of time driving). When your car is parked and filling up, photograph inside the gas station parking lot, inside the convenience store, or even your partner inside the car (waiting for you).
Another idea: embark on your own photography road trip, and remember gas stations are some of the best places to shoot.
One of the basic tenants of ‘personal photography‘ — photograph your loved ones, and make photos at home.
This is good when it is winter-time, to stay inspired to shoot even when at home. Photograph portraits of your partner, kids, loved ones, shoot random stuff inside your home, or even selfies of yourself.
10. Parking lots
13. Grocery store / supermarket