I’ve discovered that it’s nearly always rewarding to let my instincts be my guide during photographic outings.
I seldom hesitate to divert from a planned route at the behest of a nagging sense that something wonderful might be lurking just out of sight, off in that direction.
Oftentimes, it turns out, something actually is.
A certain randomness in our approach to subject matter seems to aid in the creative process. We might miss out on photographing that world-renowned scenic waterfall, but instead we find ourselves inspired by a curious dead flowerstalk, or the cast-off glove of someone hurrying through the woods without attention to their pocket’s contents.
Even the act of reversing one’s course around a frequently-traveled circuit can reap enormous creative benefits; simply passing to the left of a particular tree instead of to its right might reveal hidden picture-taking treasures.
Just goes to show:
You never know.