Your best art is right in front of you. You needn't travel thousands of miles or have studied formally to find it. It's in the simple movements and tiny details – and all it asks is that you accept the invitation to create.

With cameras in hand, join us in following along with four photographers who find creativity in the most ordinary of places. Their photographs – fueled by imagination – call us to see things differently. From tones and textures to playful lines and interesting subjects, explore four ideas to inspire magic in the mundane.


Tip 01

Keep It Curious

Daniel Rueda

@drcuerda

Daniel Rueda

Keep it Curious:

Seek playfulness in the unexpected. Look for geometric lines in your city's architecture. Better yet, do it all with a partner in crime.

In His Own Words:

"Just keep your eyes open – for me that is the hardest part of the job. As an architect, I'm always following paths and patterns on the streets of my city – you never know when that geometric facade you found on your way home will come in handy."

In His Toolkit:

"I'm currently using an iPhone 5 and a Nikon D40x. Most of these photos were taken with my camera phone. I use a combination of VSCO & Snapseed for level adjustments and sometimes I use Instagram for the latest minor tweaks right before sharing it. Also, a fully charged portable battery. Lifesaver!"

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Tip 02

Think In Color

Max Wanger

@maxwanger

Max Wanger

Think In Color:

Be it bright or bold, the tones of a photograph create mood. Seek out little pops and bursts of color to switch things up.

In His Own Words:

"Life is color. It's everywhere you look. I say this often, but the beauty of photography is that we all see the world differently. I may be attracted to certain colors and see them in a certain way, but you may see those same colors in a completely different way. And that's a beautiful thing."

In His Toolkit:

"My mobile toolkit is basic: it includes my iPhone 6 a couple apps (VSCO, Retouch). My professional toolkit consists of a Canon 5D Mark III, Contax G2, Polaroid SX-70, an assortment of lenses and way too many bags."

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Tip 03

Curate Collections

Ja Soon Kim

@omjsk

Ja Soon Kim

Curate Collections:

Look for patterns and keep an eye for detail. Use the seasons, spaces and places you love to inspire collections you can photograph.

In Her Own Words:

"I have been collecting things forever. I go where I have always gone, hikes into the woods, up the mountains, to the beaches and into the ocean as a snorkeler. I am a curator and an archivist by nature. It probably helps that I was graphic designer for a long time. Most of the things you see are just ordinary, ephemeral things."

In Her Toolkit:

"I use my iPhone 6, plus black or white board from an art supply store for background or other surfaces including my cement floor. For editing, I start with Snapseed for basics and then to VSCO for presets. I may tweak a bit when I post with Instagram editing tools. The whole process is very simple."

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Tip 04

Keep It In The Corners

Stefanie Etow

@inkandpulp

Stefanie Etow

Keep It In The Corners:

Move over front and center. Instead, try placing key elements of your photographs on the edges and in the corners of the frame.

In Her Own Words:

"I respect philosophers and scientists, for they embrace the question mark. When we question old conventions and encourage new perspectives, we evolve as thinkers, viewers, doers, and changemakers. For me living an artful life means embracing the question mark of it all and using curiosity to unlock the beauty in the people and spaces around me."

In Her Toolkit:

"My iPhone 5 and an unlimited supply of self-taught scrappiness."

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