This was one of the first images I ever made on a digital camera, or any camera for that matter. There is nothing particularly striking about the corner of this building, I know, yet I vividly recall the feeling which struck me upon seeing, as if for the first time, these colors, shadows, and lines.
There is a straightforward magic to photography, unlike any other artform, in that somehow, simply drawing a box around something perfectly ordinary can reveal its beauty. Simply by excluding most of the scene, the novice can craft a satisfying image. From here, at this level of nearly accidental artistry, we are able to develop our aesthetic in ever-more intentional directions. Still, we should learn the lesson.
Often, artistic inspiration does not come from widening our vista, as we might expect, but in limiting our scope to behold the ever present grandeur of this world. The medium of photography is particularly suited to this end.