You are special and so is where you live

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The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence or so the saying goes.

It is human nature to covet what you don’t have. To be jealous of what others have. Everyone seems to have it better than you.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a trap that too many of us fall into.

I see so many talented photographers today and sometimes I have a difficult time guessing where they live because it seems like they almost always follow the same pattern. Iceland. Greenland. Patagonia. Banff and Jasper, etc.

And while they come away with incredible landscapes for me they tend to blur one into another. Because I grew up visiting Jasper and Banff since the late fifties when I see a photograph from there the majority of the time I know exactly where it was taken and these world travellers without exception all follow a paint by numbers photography style. You can almost substitute one photographer for the next and would never know.

Your value is in your uniqueness. Unless you are working in a factory and are doing repetitive work where creativity has no place your uniqueness has value.

You have been given a gift to see differently than everyone else on this planet. Instead of trying to conform it is this difference from others that you should be concentrating on.

The same goes for where you live. Your immediate access to your surroundings give you a leg up on everyone else when it comes to capturing the incredible weather that passes through your area.

Take a week holiday in Jasper and if you get a week of sunny and cloudless skies that is what you are stuck with. If you lived in Jasper you are able to get out on those unique times when conditions make dream worthy photos possible.

Where I live is for the most part flat farmland. We get close to six months of winter which is a long, long winter. The upside to living here is that every couple of weeks conditions become perfect for interesting and unique images.

Instead of complaining about how much snow we have and how cold it can get, the extra snow can be a blessing. When it is a pain to drive to work in, the chest high windrows in the country make interesting points of interest.

Cold, calm nights that are a pain to clear the ice from your windshield in the morning can produce wonderful frosts that cover the landscape.

The easiest thing in the world to do is to be like someone else. The most rewarding and most difficult thing is to be yourself.

I have told people before that regardless of where I lived I would still find something interesting and unique to shoot. The days of me coveting the granite spires of Patagonia are behind me because I know that my best pictures will always be close to home where my heart is.

Happy shooting,



~ by Dan Jurak on March 24, 2018.

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