Treat Every Photograph Like it’s Beautiful

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Treat Every Photograph Like it’s Beautiful

By |2018-07-31T16:07:56+00:00February 28th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration, Photography, Travel|Tags: |3 Comments

This is a photograph of laundry hanging near a street market in Thailand.
To some, simple laundry may not be beautiful, but the way the light graced across the fabric, and the colors themselves, made for a stunning scene.
(© Nicole S. Young —

We all have our own definitions of “beauty”. The color red may be bold, beautiful and invigorating to some, while to others it has a different meaning, feeling or emits an emotion (or lack of one, if you are colorblind). A grungy run-down building that smells like piss and mildew may be a scary, undesirable place to photograph for some photographers, while to others it is glorious, glamorous and beautiful. The definition of beautiful is, well, flexible.

I know that, for me, I photograph things that I think are beautiful. A delicious and flavorful plate of pasta, a serene beach scene with rocks and flowing water, or a wall of colorful laundry, hanging out to dry. To me, all of these things are beautiful.

A photograph may not be a living, breathing being, but it emits an energy of beauty if you treat it that way. For you that may mean reassuring a nervous teenager who is unsure of herself in front of a camera, or gently and carefully placing a fragile piece of mint in a cup filled with chocolate mousse. Being aware of your subject’s needs shows that you care, and like many crafts, a careful touch will help to create a beautiful work of art.

Life is a mirror. When you smile at someone, you will usually get a smile back. When you spend time to with your subject to get that perfect shot, it will show. And, when you treat someone or something with care and love, it will reflect that in your photograph.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Rosemary February 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I suppose to some people your photograph may look like just some rags but I am so intrigued by their story. What are they used for? Where did their different colors come from? Who hung them on the rod? Were these all of the cloths hanging or were there more?

    Thanks for sharing your hidden gems of Thailand and reminding us that capturing beauty is often capturing what our subject is reflecting back to us.

  2. Jason Waltman February 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Of the photos I’ve seen from your Thailand trip, this is my favorite so far, Nicole! I love the color, light, and abstraction of a simple, everyday scene. Beautiful!

  3. Dena@gathering-flavors March 1, 2014 at 4:36 am - Reply


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