Along the road to my house there is a marsh. I pass by it everyday, but that’s all I did, pass by. Two years ago, with the marsh frozen over, I decided to fight through the brush, past the dead cattails and follow the paths cut out by the beavers to see what I could find. My efforts revealed a large clearing, one that was masked by the trees that line the roadside.
I began to wonder what else I was passing by each day that I had simply never found. And then I discovered drones.
I flew a drone over places I thought of as familiar, seeing them from a new perspective and revealing aspects I could never have otherwise noticed. I realized that as I became comfortable and developed a routine in a particular location I stopped investigating and started to take for granted the places I loved the most.
This project is my attempt to rectify this oversight in hopes of gaining a greater appreciation for the things that have become over familiar.
The idea for this project was born when I first visited Yosemite National Park in 2013. In the years leading up to my visit, all I had seen were pictures on postcards, and I was a bit underwhelmed. All those who had been before, built up Yosemite’s lore in my head. It wasn’t until I got there and stood at the base of Half Dome that I understood how people felt.
I realized there was a feeling I got from physically being there, a feeling I couldn’t replicate from looking at postcards. From then on I searched for a way that I could share this feeling through photographs. While there is no substitute for seeing things with your own eyes, I believe I’ve gotten a little bit closer. I want these photos to be explored and to mimic this feeling, the feeling of stepping into the scene.
Kevin Ting is a New England-based photographer and videographer. He specializes in developing unique methods to capture unseen perspectives.
Ting is currently exploring the use of drones, as well as stereoscopic photography, in order to view everyday scenes in a new way.
Ting studied documentary photography and new media at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME. His documentary work has been featured on Chronicle and was recognized as a “Best of 2015” by Narrative.ly.
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