How to Take Mundane Photos Like William Eggleston

William Eggleston is an American photographer famous for pioneering colour photography in fine art (albeit not the first photographer to do so, as sometimes reported). His photos often feature seemingly mundane or aesthetically boring subjects, such as parking lots, gas stations, and supermarkets. But his use of colour and composition imbues these scenes with a sense of beauty and significance. This post contains tips on how to take mundane photos like William Eggleston.

How to Take Mundane Photos Like William Eggleston

Eggleston has a unique ability to find beauty and interest in the world around him, and his images challenge viewers to see the world in a new way.

His approach to picture-taking is often described as democratic in that he treats all subjects equally, regardless of their perceived importance or significance. His photographs can celebrate the everyday world around us. And his use of colour and composition highlights the beauty of the mundane.

Tips to Shoot Like William Eggleston

If you want to take mundane photos like William Eggleston, here are some tips:

  1. Look for everyday subjects: Eggleston’s photos often feature mundane, common objects and scenes. Look for simple, unremarkable subject matter such as a street sign, a parking lot, or a mailbox.
  2. Use a point-and-shoot camera: Eggleston often used a 35mm film camera to take on-the-fly photos. This type of shooting can give your pictures a more casual and spontaneous feel.
  3. Play with colour: Eggleston’s use of colour is one of the hallmarks of his work. Look for bright, bold colours in your environment and experiment with how they look in your photos.
  4. Focus on composition: While Eggleston’s subject matter may be mundane or boring, his arrangement of visual elements is often quite interesting. Pay attention to the placement of objects within the frame and experiment with different angles and perspectives.
  5. Don’t be afraid of blur or grain: Eggleston’s photos often have a grainy, slightly blurry quality. So do not worry about making your photos perfectly sharp—embrace imperfections and experiment with blur or grain.
Mundane Photos Like William Eggleston

Remember, the key to taking perfectly boring or mundane photos like those William Eggleston would shoot is to focus on the ordinary and find beauty in everyday things or places. Moreover, embrace simplicity and experiment with different techniques to create your unique style.

Mundane Photos Like William Eggleston Would Shoot!

I took the photos below to pay tribute to Eggleston’s approach to photography and his ability to find beauty in the ordinary. Enjoy!

P.S. You can view Eggleston’s work on Artsy’s William Eggleston page.

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