I'm taking an art history class on Western Architecture this semester. In this class we are examining wonderful examples of architecture from pre-history to contemporary times. Amazing buildings abound all across the world. Funny thing though - I was no longer seeing the amazing building (Center for the Arts (CFTA), NMSU) that housed the class I was taking. A variation on the usual "familiarity breeds contempt" should be "familiarity breeds blindness (at least in photographers)."
One morning, after class, I was waiting around for a friend (who had a class in the building immediately after Western Architecture) to go to lunch. I had my camera bag with me, as I usually do, and since I was bored I took out my camera and started looking around for something to shoot. Suddenly I was overwhelmed with all of the cool details and subtle lines and motifs in the CFTA. Maybe the act of holding the camera was the catalyst I needed to really see the wonderful details and design all around me.
The world is filled with subjects (for photographers)...sometimes you just have to look.