Looking for the Uncommon Shot

Looking up in Cleveland's Old Arcade

If you’ve visited my website, http://www.kolmanphotos.com , you’ve seen this photo on the homepage.  It’s a photo that I like very much because it illustrates a point that I like to make when teaching classes for The Cleveland Photographic Society and Dodd Camera. In order to stand out as a photographer, look for uncommon shots or different perspectives.  One of Cleveland’s most photographed sites is the “Old Arcade,” built in 1890 as one of the first indoor shopping areas, now referred to as malls.  The arcade is truly an architectural masterpiece with it’s Victorian design and detail.  I’ve seen hundreds of photos of the arcade and most of them look like this:

Cleveland's Old Arcade with Flag

This photo also presents a beautiful view of the arcade, but I’ve seen it in everyone’s collection.  When I go on a shoot, I’m looking for something different.  The key to finding the different shot is to look around.  Look up, look down, turn around, kneel down, climb up, and look for small details.  The top photo on this posting was found by simply looking up at the skylight ceiling of the arcade.  It’s there for everyone to see but I’ve never seen another photo of the arcade that is similar.  The different photos are the ones that can set you apart from everyone else!

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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