Telling a Different Story
The cliched and commonplace isn't always as dull or "been done" as you might think. Photographers like Stephen Shore are able to capture the beauty in the every-day, turning diners and living rooms into places where a story is taking place; because that's where most of the real stories happen.
That's not to say you should emulate anyone else, though that's a good way to kick-start some inspiration or get out of a creative slump. The point is to reconsider the everyday scenes and situations that you encounter, and perhaps learn to see them in a different way, starting with "what's the story here?"
Another way to think about it is "why" versus "what" -- it's very easy to see the what. Sometimes, though, the story is in the "why" of a scene, place, or person.
Here are some ideas that I've had about how to find the story in the snapshot, how to find something else to say about a place that has had too many photographs taken of it already.
These are just a few ideas to help you find another way to see, especially when you might be having trouble figuring out the scene.
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