In my attempt to be as non-touristy as possible in my own city, I somehow managed to find myself on Melrose Ave–AKA the street in LA that has the ultra insta-famous pink wall that hundreds of visitors stop at daily to pose and/or put on their perfect pout. As I walked past, I asked myself, “What’s so great about a pink wall?” Little did I know I’d find myself in the same position as the couple I was mentally laughing at.
As it was, I was headed to a coffee shop called Carrera Cafe to check out the cool latte art they do. It just so happened that the outdoor seating happened to overlook the pink wall located right across the street. People watching is fun, but tourist watching at insta-worthy spots is even better. Who was in line next? Was there going to be a fight as to who could take their shots next? How long was it acceptable to stand and pose? All these mundane thoughts ran through my head as I sat and sipped my coffee.
Ironically, I, of all people, probably have the least right to judge, because the nature of my profession demands me to seize the most photo-worthy moments. I realized in my short people-watching session just what spectators might think when they see me shoot for my blog and Instagram. Perhaps some might think it odd that I’d take time out of my day just to stage and take a photo, others might even find it extremely vain. In the beginning, I used to feel quite self conscious about shooting my looks in public places, and still today, I know that what I do is met with some criticism. However, I must say that this Melrose Avenue moment helped me understand that there are so many moments in life worth celebrating. Whether you’re snapping a picture at your wedding, or else just documenting your hair on a fantastic hair day, the beauty of photography is that it lets you capture moments that are uniquely special to you. And, to those–admittedly even me on this fine day on Melrose–who judge, it’s likely because we haven’t had the fortune of recognizing just how special even our small moments might be.
So, the next time you step out of your house, be grateful for what adventure lies ahead in your day–no matter how big or small. And, of course, take some photos along the way!