This is a small church I came across during a trip to Hawaii earlier this year. A friend and I were driving by and I was immediately struck by it. I could tell it had so much character and so many interesting details, and all in just a few short seconds. I kept driving for another minute or so, before I quickly decided I needed to turn around.
I can’t tell you how many times, usually when I’m in the middle of something else, that I see something that I instantly recognize as having the potential for a great photograph. Sometimes it’s obvious, like a breathtaking landscape or fascinating architecture. But honestly, most of the time, it’s something much more subtle. Like an unexpected juxtaposition of colors or textures. A cracked and faded neon sign. An unusual pattern of telephone lines while looking up. It’s hard to explain what triggers it.
But I’ve learned to trust my creative instincts. Because I believe it’s those instincts that give us, those of us who would dare to call ourselves creative, our own personal vision. Often it’s just a starting point, an initial spark. But the fun is recognizing the spark, chasing it, and seeing where it takes us.