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The ‘Boring’ Hometown Photography Challenge


If you feel like the place you live is boring and lacking in good photo spots, try doing a “Boring Hometown Photography Challenge.” That’s what photographer Wahid Fayumzadah discusses in this 11-minute video.

“Like many other photographers and maybe people in general, you might consider your own hometown to be a little bit boring,” Fayumzadah says. “Well, so do I. I always feel like, ‘Oh, I need to go to a big city, with big buildings and a busy nightlife, to take cool cityscape pictures.'”

Fayumzadah lives in the town of Westervoort in The Netherlands, a place with a population of around 15,000.

“I’m challenging myself to do the ‘boring hometown photography challenge’,” Fayumzadah says. “I want to find out if I really need to go to faraway places to take nice, cool, good-looking images, or is my hometown maybe pretty enough and good enough for photography.”

The photographer took his Nikon D750 and Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2 out in Westervoort to stretch his comfort zone and exercise his creativity. His goal was to (1) produce photos that local people or business may want to buy, (2) to show locals their town in a different way, (3) to create photos he himself is happy with, and (4) to get creative with photography.

Here’s what he ended up creating:

“Don’t think that your town is boring,” Fayumzadah says. “Go out and shoot!”