Everyday Life

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Jon Sanwell of Without an H. Read on for more about this…

Photo courtesy of Jon Sanwell

Photo courtesy of Jon Sanwell

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Jon Sanwell of Without an H. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!

Everyday Life. This challenge is all about people and the things they do every day: working, eating, drinking, chatting, dreaming, walking, exercising, or any of those things we do all the time without really thinking about it. Take a walk around your neighbourhood, or around the streets where you work or study, and take a look at the people you see. (The shot above was taken at lunch time on a street in Ho Chi Minh City.) You might think that your neighbourhood isn’t very interesting, but imagine that you’re giving a guided tour to someone from the other side of the world—what’s normal for you might be extraordinary to them.

Share a photo that means EVERYDAY LIFE to you!

Tip: My advice for taking pictures of people in public is to be friendly, open, and honest. Smile. Talk to people. Not everybody likes being photographed, but plenty of people do, especially if the photographer is nice to them. Secondly, remember that this challenge isn’t just about people; it’s also about the things they do—and that means providing context. I love taking close head-and-shoulders portraits, but they don’t necessarily show everyday life, as they don’t have any context. A wider angle, from up close, shows us something about what the subject is doing, and puts the viewer right into the frame.

Jon Sanwell is an English language teacher with a camera. Originally from Tunbridge Wells in the UK, he is now living in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam. Follow his recent work on his blog, Without an H.


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