I can think of three good reasons to photograph the same subject over and over again. First, you just like the subject. Second, you’re trying to find new ways to see the subject, to stretch yourself as a photographer. Third, you test a lot of cameras and film stocks and just need reliable subjects to shoot.
I photograph the Old Navy store near my home a lot because of reasons one and three. Its a big, straightforward subject with bold colors. I use it to show me a little about how a camera-lens-film combination renders color, tonality, and sharpness.
Other usual-suspect subjects are the sign and storefront of Black Dog Books, a bookstore in Zionsville; the Whitestown McDonald’s Welcome sign with the restaurant in the background; the building in my neighborhood where we all get our mail; and my car parked in the driveway, with the street I live on stretching out in the distance behind it.
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