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  • Sandrine Perez

Big Bear, California

Updated: Jan 15

San Bernardino Mountains - JAN. 2010

One of the reasons I have chosen to write a blog post about this particular album of photos is because this particular visit inspired me to look closely and capture details I was seeing of the winter landscape and it inspired me to move to Portland a couple of years later so I could experience more of the four seasons than I had when I lived in San Francisco.


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

I love how seeing the world with a camera in hand changes the way I experience it. I am looking for beauty, for what captures my eye, and in so doing, I am often will see the world with new appreciation and awe. For example, capturing pine cones with a macro lens allows me to see them in a new way. Then I can be creative with how I compose the frame, and that is where I experience the artistry in photography.

I also love how the camera allows me to choose where to focus what the viewer will see. The foreground or the background, or will everything be in focus? I find that this is the kind of creativity that inspires me to pick up the camera. The many decisions that I get to make to create an image that captures what I was experiencing is what both excites and challenges me. Beyond the fireplace in the photo below is a room full of stuff, but I am don't want to capture all of that. I am focused on the warmth, light and color of the flame. Creating an image with a shallow depth of field is where I feel like I am holding a paintbrush.

See the rest of the album of photos of Big Bear and let me know what you think! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to log in/sign up and leave a comment!

visual communication