In my aim to live a more creative life, I've set myself up to make it more convenient to shoot photos all the time. As much as I love creating my photos, sometimes it has felt too inconvenient to do it on a daily basis and my creativity has suffered. Moving downtown and taking the train to work more often has made it a lot easier and conveniently, I'm also a lot happier living in a way that helps me to create every single day. I've engineered a lot of decision making and complexity out of my life recently to make more space for creating and it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
These are just a few shots from my 6 mile wander around the city today. Starting with my local coffee shop.
Today is a Sunday and I didn't think twice about getting up at my standard 5am to go for a walk around the city with my camera.
Being out & about so early in the city is one of my favorite ways to spend a morning. The light makes all of the old brick buildings glow and the filtered reflections off of all the high-rises creates blues that I haven't figured out how to create any other way. It's also quiet and you see things that you just wouldn't see anywhere else. This morning, while I was walking down 16th street around 6am, very few people were out but nearly all of the public pianos had someone playing them at this early hour.
If you've never been to the reimagined Union Station in downtown Denver, you are really missing out. It might possibly be the most beautiful public building in Denver. I love shooting there because you never know what you're going to see. Today there was a private train car. Apparently if you have enough money, you can have a private train car and attach it to an Amtrak train and run around the country in high style. Who knew?!
My favorite things in the city are the small details. The hidden things that you might miss if you don't pay attention. Photography is the one thing that has really taught me to pay attention. To look around every corner, down every alley, look up, look down, peek inside... I much prefer to shoot the details of things.
I have a lot of work to do in order to take my photography where I want it to go. But putting myself on a path where I now shoot every day and DO the work, feels a whole lot better.