Tired of seeing all those perfect photos on Instagram with flawless-looking people in idyllic locations? If so, Jenna Martin might be able to interest you.
This photographer from Montana recently set herself the challenge of taking photos in ugly places.
She and her friend, Rachelle Kathleen, set off to find the sorts of places that many photographers would never even think to use as a backdrop.
"I wanted to go somewhere 'ugly' by all conventional photography standards, and then see what we could do with it, and Lowe’s seemed like the perfect option," she wrote on her blog.
So the pair of friends went to a local hardware store.
"As soon as we walked in an employee asked if they could help us and I asked, 'We were just going to take a few photos, is that okay?' He replied, 'Of course! I was just wondering why she was so overdressed for a trip to the hardware store!'"
As part of Martin's challenge, she chose to not use any fancy equipment and to avoid altering the environment in any major ways. She wanted to work with the bare basics and see what she was capable of.
"Since they were about an hour from closing the store was almost completely empty, though anyone we did come in contact with was super friendly, if not slightly curious."
Jenna and Rachelle used various areas of the store and were able to capture some very impressive shots.
Martin was very happy with her results and encouraged other budding photographers and artists to set themselves similar challenges.
"Overall, this was a really fun challenge! Not that I’d invite an actual client to ever do a Lowe’s Photoshoot (I mean, never say never), but I was pretty happy with the result! Horrible location for the win! Next time you see an awful spot, maybe give it a chance, you never know what you might end up with."