Shoebox Treasures: Savannah Photography

SAVANNAH GEORGIA (July 31, 2012) — Savannah makes great photographers. So grab your cheap point-and-shoot and head out to capture Savannah. You see, the first requirement for a great photo is a great subject – and Savannah’s got that covered.

Savannah photography Ellis Square fountain | Photo (c) Tim Nealon. Used with permission.

Savannah GA Downtown: Ellis Square fountain

In photo albums and shoe boxes across America, assuming you looked long and hard enough and concentrated on stuff that was stashed since 1962, you would find family vacation photos featuring the Thunderbird Inn’s iconic sign and happy groups gathered around the family station wagon in our parking lot. Those were shot on Instamatics, or something like them, perhaps with those revolving flash cubes that burned your hand if you touched them too soon after they went off. Or maybe our yesteryear photographers were using Polaroids, with the square photos magically taking shape before your eyes even as the chemical stench filled your nose.

Digital photography might have ruined the anticipation of waiting to see if your pictures turned out, but it gives you a shot at greatness. So what if only one percent of your photos are great? Shoot five hundred photos and you’ve got five great prints as Savannah souvenirs. Comb downtown and shoot closeups of figleaf fern climbing over brick walls. Join the legions who went before you and try to get an original angle on the Forsyth Park fountain. If you leave Bonaventure Cemetery with your camera in hand and don’t suddenly feel that you are the spiritual heir of Ansel Adams, there’s something wrong with your ego and your eye.

And actually print these photo treasures; don’t just leave them in the digital camera. Your future grandkids deserve a shoebox full of Savannah photos to play family archeologist with.

ABOUT THUNDERBIRD INN

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