The Bean – 5 of 9
When I asked for suggestions from you about my Series of 9 images that I’ve been doing for the last few months over on Instagram, Bjorn Kleemann contributed this one. Let’s see 9 variations of The Bean (aka Cloudgate).
I loved this suggestion, thank you Bjorn (and if you don’t follow him, go check out his work, he’s been posting a lot of incredible minimalistic images lately).
The reason I love this series is that it is in line with something I try to convey in all my images and what I think about quite a bit when I’m out shooting. I also love to teach others to SEE and think in this way. (Stay tuned for more on that.)
The Bean is one of the most photographed places/objects in Chicago. It’s a must-see spot when visiting Chicago, but, how do you create an image that is different than what you’ve already seen? It’s not easy. Sure, go ahead and get your ‘tourist shots’, the whole Bean, your reflection in the Bean, the underneath alienesque reflections and the other usual suspects. Then what?
Then, I suggest putting your camera down. Walk around, take in the sights, sounds and feel the energy that is usually buzzing around the Bean. What else can you SEE? What is something only you would notice, what is your own, unique perspective on the Bean? It’s a challenge to find something different, but its fun to see if you can.
Sometimes perspectives may not be so obvious. Wander around the entire area you are shooting, look for unique vantage points, higher or lower (think upstairs/balconies or downstairs in a park) or wander a little further out. Find interesting framing opportunities like this one. I keep repeating this but it pays to pay attention. Watch and SEE what is around you with the plan of shooting a unique image in your head.
Every time I am at this location, my main goal is to SEE it and shoot it differently.
If you have suggestions for more series feel free to let me know what they are in the comments.