Seeing faces and looking for them as you’re out with your camera is a great exercise in being more aware of your surroundings.

This is a fun and fairly easy exercise that I like to use during my mentorships. It will get you looking and seeing more than you usually do.

Seeing what is around you

This lesson is all about being aware of your surroundings, paying attention to what you see or better yet, what you don’t see every single day. How many of us take the same route to work every day? Do you really see what you drive by every single day? How about in your homes, cars, at your desk? We do the same things over each day and are oblivious to what’s around us.

There are so many details we all just gloss over in our lives. This exercise is about seeing those details. Start paying more attention to the little things (or sometimes there are big things we don’t even see!) Every day I see a seahorse in my shower tiles. There are letters in the patterns of the curtains. I see faces in a lot of places! (I do not, however, see dead people!)

seeing faces

I’ve included a collage of some examples of things, faces or shots that would have been missed if I had only focused on the bigger picture or landscape.  I’m not going to explain the images, use your imagination, tell me what you see, why do you think I included the frog image? As photographers we are creative, we have creative minds but sometimes we get stuck on making that masterpiece sunset image, cityscape or some well-known landmark and we miss other opportunities that could be staring us right in the face.

Seeing faces (and other things) in your day to day

For this exercise, take your camera with you, always. Your phone works just as well for this. Don’t worry about well-composed images. Just photograph what you see that you’ve passed by every day and never SAW before, but because I’m asking you to pay attention and to SEE what’s around you, you saw it. It can be faces (they are everywhere and once you start seeing them, you can’t stop!), letters, something that you’ve never noticed about the building you pass daily, the shape of it, the reflections in it, how the light hits it and makes shadows.

Take the time to see every day and think about this exercise. Be silly, have fun, use your imagination – be like a child!!  Remember seeing shapes and things in the clouds?  Yep, that but in everyday life and things.

I’d love for your to share your results with me. You can post in the comments or tag me on social media.

If you need some other ideas or motivation check this out.

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