My Adventures In Photography

A while back I started a photography column for my hometown's local newspaper — you'll find all of my columns from those pages here as well as new ones that I write.

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Finding faces in obvious places

 FUNKY FACES: Just about everyone sees faces in different objects and places as we go throughout our daily lives. Taking a photo of one of these imaginary faces when you see it can be a fun way to pass the time. For each image attached to this blog I included small sketches to show how I view each of the faces in these photos.

FUNKY FACES: Just about everyone sees faces in different objects and places as we go throughout our daily lives. Taking a photo of one of these imaginary faces when you see it can be a fun way to pass the time. For each image attached to this blog I included small sketches to show how I view each of the faces in these photos.

Whether you're into photography or not, just about everyone's imagination leans toward imagining a face when seeing things that resemble ... well, faces.

Fun fact: The technical term for these bouts of imaginative wondering is called pareidolia.

Our minds just put the pieces in place when we see the fronts (or rears) of cars, houses with the right window configuration or trees with different knots in the bark that look like eyes and a mouth.

Human minds just tend to see these things randomly and it usually garners a chuckle (unless it's a really creepy face — think of that one scene in Snow White where she's running from the trees at night; nightmare-inducing stuff right there).

Photographers occasionally pick up their gear and try to capture these mental phenomena and for this week's column I've chosen to do the same. Additionally, I included some sketches I made so you can see the faces how I imagine them.

The best part of this column is that no matter what skill level you are as a photographer, if you have a phone or any kind of camera on hand you can capture these faces. You may not even have to travel to do it. Regular household items count too. To showcase that I included the little octopus coat hanger from my own home.

What's the best way to capture these faces in nature? Well, there is no best way. Just take a photo of the face you see when you see it. That's the fun part.

For instance, when I went to take the photos for this column, the only "planned" photo here was of the abandoned house and that's only because I remember seeing it on a previous trip and wanted to come back later on.

The photo of the truck with its tongue sticking out was completely spur of the moment and it wasn't until I reviewed the image on the back of my camera that I realized the doors would make great ears.

So, if you're bored one day and want a fun photography project, go out and look for the faces that you find in obvious places. It's fun!