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Take a Photo Walk

Jelena Woehr


Every day (or night) I walk around my neighborhood and make a point of photographing something new every time. I'm more motivated to walk if I think about what I might photograph, and in the end I have a gallery of photos that show the subtle seasonal changes that I'd otherwise miss. One day a plant is newly blooming that was dormant yesterday; sometimes a neighbor has installed a new door or changed their landscaping; and then there's just the changing quality of light in the same places with weather and season.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I've been afraid to explore my new neighborhood alone, so I met a neighbor and now we take Photo Walks every week. Here are some shots from around MacArthur Park in Los Angeles.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      And some daytime shots! We met some street vendors and we're thinking of doing interviews with people around the park, just do hear their personal stories.

  • Royaldaughter

    I love this idea. The joy of beginning photography is seeing the extraordinary in the everyday ordinary. Love taking pics on walks with my kids, it's great sometimes to get pics of them just 'being kids'

  • Lee Fatone

    I was walking with friends through Silver Lake recently and I saw the Chandelier Tree for the first time! I had read about it before, but never got to see it in person. It was beautiful! I felt like I was in a storybook! The pictures I got just don't do it justice, I'll have to go back with a better camera.

  • Lauren Modery

    Sharing a couple of my photos from my East Austin photo walks!

  • Lauren Modery

    I try to do this every time I go walking in my neighborhood. I use the hashtag #EastAustin and people seem to really enjoy the photos. It helps me feel more connected to my neighborhood and discover new things!

  • tomnapper

    It is the everyday that I will remember, less the spectacle. When I look back at all my photos from my walks, it is the smile from wife that stays with me. The day we had our phones pointed at the sunset, the one second I turned the camera on her, she smiled...that is the beauty I'll always remember.

  • BForlaw

    Here are some pics from the neighborhood where we're currently living in Kigali, Rwanda. I wish I could attach the marvelous sounds that go along with these visuals: people, animals, birds, moto bikes -- all a part of this city of one million in east Africa.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      These are beautiful! When I lived in Ghana, I loved that I walked a lot. Here are some pics from a walk I took in Hwibaa, a village I stayed in. I realized how it made me open up and talk to the community more.

      • BForlaw

        Wonderful pictures. Yes, I agree: as soon as you open your door in the morning in Africa, you are surrounded by community. Takes some adjustment … and then it is so rich!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Here's my favorite photo from my walk through Downtown Los Angeles. Here are all the city's sister cities!

  • doreen.rose.52

    Thank you, Jelena, for drawing our attention to this idea, and thank you, Shira, for a beautiful website to participate in and share!

  • Rita Bouchard

    Reminds me of the stairs of Los Angeles where I grew up. Is this Echo Park, Silver Lake, or Mount Washington?

    • Jelena Woehr

      This is actually the Los Feliz steps! :)

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    I already do this. Not every day. But certainly taking a moment to capture something that often is overlooked. Our pace is so frenetic we forget the value of slowing down and SEEING and capturing and Sharing. :) thanks for another GOOD idea!

  • Sarah

    We do this often in Vancouver, love seeing familiar streets and settings with new eyes.

    • Shira White

      We've been seeing some amazingly beautiful photos taken in and around Vancouver. What an incredible city!

  • Ayako Ezaki

    I love photo walks! Having a camera makes walking even more fun, and it's a great way to get to know an area better. Sometimes, I also like to have a theme - like taking photos of green things, finding little pieces of street arts, and capturing things related to time.

  • Jelena Woehr

    Some photos from a recent night walk.

    • Kristin Pedemonti

      wow, Jelena, your images are Gorgeous!!!!!! I want to visit there NOW :) HUG

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        You'll have to go to Huntington Gardens when you're here. It's the best place to take a walk and see nature!