Each week I feature five photos from Instagram photographers that have caught our my lately. Someone recently asked me how these photos are chosen, and what makes a photo stand out among the hundreds that I probably go through each week. It’s an interesting process to say the least; sometimes it’s as if the five photos just choose themselves in an instant, and other times I can spend a few hours reviewing photographers I follow on my own account (@mg33chicago) or the EB account. Often the process involves browsing hashtags, and looking for great images from people I don’t follow. That’s the fun part – becoming exposed to new people and new places in the world.
I feel like noticing a great photo happens almost instantaneously. The combination of composition and exposure plays a big role, but I’m drawn to the other side of things just as much: curiosity about the place in the photo. Wondering what’s beyond a forest or mountain range. Wanting to know how remote a place is, how silent it is, and how the photographer felt connected with a place. A good photo evokes both mystery and envy, and either tells a story about a place or allows you to use your imagination to create your own story. If it makes you daydream about being there, or, even better, if it makes you plan a future trip around the inspiration from it, then the photo has succeeded in a wonderful way. Hopefully the photos chosen each week are doing exactly that, and I’m grateful for the great images I find on a regular basis!