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The Secret Life of the Overlooked

32 thoughts on “The Secret Life of the Overlooked”

  1. Oooh, Autumn, this gave me chills. I am not a photographer (blurry cell phone pics are my forte) but I really enjoyed reading about your perspectives on interpreting the world around you.

    1. Yeah, I thought it would be cool to try to do a DIY that’s more about approaching some kind of art than a step-by-step tutorial. Would you guys wanna see more of these? The tutorials will stay but I like hearing about people’s process. Might just be my own geekiness though.

  2. i loved this! thank you so much for these inspiring images and helpful photography tips, Autumn. i grew up in los angeles (well, the valley) and recently moved to the east coast for college so it is wonderful to see pictures of california!

    1. p.s. i completely agree that you can never really know your city. there is so much to explore and things change so often that there is always something new to discover. which is kind of sad but also really exciting!

  3. Wow this was really interesting. It has inspired me, some of those photos were really moving.
    Being in England, I wait my whole evening for this first Rookie post and then have to save the next two for the next day. Seriously you guys are like a drug.

  4. Elliott Smith is pretty much my soul mate. I love his music and these pictures and Jenny and Johnny and Rodarte. I can’t even explain how much I love this magazine for featuring so many awesome people and referencing all my favorite movies and music and TV shows. Rookie is getting me through my senior year of high school which is becoming so much more exciting than I ever thought it would be!!!

  5. Autumn de Wilde?!?! I love her!!!!!!!!!! Gosh, she’s an amazing photographer + I love her photog advice. Good good post.

  6. I’m so grateful for this… I just moved here, and have had a hard time wanting to be motivated to photograph (which used to be my passion) because of all the tourists taking pictures of my neighbourhood. Someday I will get past it. ( Not to mention that I sold my camera to buy a gift for my husband because I was unemployed…oh well!!)

  7. this makes me want to capture everything that interesting for me. sometimes, we have different way to explain this ‘interesting’.

  8. All of the Loz Feliz shots are at the end of the alley by my old house, so many memories

  9. this is very inspiring. thank you so much. and how lucky for you to have known elliot smith! your work is supremely awesome.

  10. Autumn does an amazing job of showing what is there to be seen if you really look–at your surroundings (up, down, and sideways!)– at your memories, your obsessions– at color, shape, and unexpected juxtapositions–at the beauty in ugliness and the ugliness in beauty–at your own personal journey. And her best advice: always have your camera with you!

    Love, love the photo of the wig shop!

  11. This is stunning, I am at a complete los for words. I live in Los Angeles which is a gaping wound of opportunity for amateur photographers like myself. I’ve been dying to go to the Figure 8 mural – I quite literally worship Elliott Smith. To be any age but 16…

  12. Tavi – I could watch an endless amount of documentaries on the subjects that I’m obsessed with, so I think I might like hearing about people’s process too (Geek like you <3).

  13. AUTUMN DE WILDE….ON ROOKIE….this is phenomenal… many of my favorite people on my favorite website….difficult. to. handle. with. normalcy!

    *commences breathing again*

    tavi~yes this kind of post is supremely interesting, in my opinion. I really enjoy reading about other photographer’s creative processes, tips, and whatnot for ideas.

    I loved the general topic of this post too! I live in a small town in Louisiana, and while it’s no LA(well technically it is an LA…..feel free to ignore my bad jokes), I love finding little unnoticed spots around town to photograph and generally sketchily hang out around.

    This was a great post! The consistency of this site is utterly magnificent.

  14. I really enjoyed this post, its so interesting looking at how memories and thoughts can be linked into photographs through that perspective. Thanks heaps for the helpful tips!I especially enjoyed the power-line/ traffic light photo and the Peter Jenson lookbook photo.

  15. It’s really helpful hearing some professional’s process and the way they think that made them today.
    Tavi, why dont you share us yours?

  16. I loved this a great deal. I love finding the little things around me and taking the time to stop and look at them or photograph them. Walking around your neighborhood everyday can be something different each time if you want it to be.

    It is fascinating to see what people hold unique to them and recurring elements that pop up within photos.

    I tend to get this feeling that a billion people produce a billion different pictures, so what’s the point, but then I realize that just like power lines and snowflakes, pictures differ from one to another, even with the same subject.

  17. Thank you! I’m studying photography atm and I found this really interesting and stimulating. One of the best articles I’ve read in a long time, absolutely inspiring!

  18. I absolutely love the idea about looking for opposites. I’m not much of a photographer, but I think it’s a great rule of thumb for any art media. I feel like going outside and doing some sketching now!

    (Also, I am so excited for Autumn’s book on Beck that it’s kind of insane.)

  19. this is incredible! it’s not often that you read photography tips that are more about inspiration/location than equipment/technical skills. even more inspiring that it’s from autumn de wilde! i’ve come away from this feeling so inspired.

    tavi – i’d love to see more features like this.

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