I probably sounded a bit bitter last time I talked about local interest photos. Oft asked for and rarely produced. I have a few of my town, and this spring, I did some recon after a show and took some pictures of a place I'd return to in the fall.
The entire time I was there, lazily taking pictures, all I could think was, 'I'm pandering.' This was probably an elitist and stupid thing to think.
Having taken the pics and printed some out and gone back to that fall show, I am still of two thoughts on local interest. Many people saw them and did one of two things. "Hey, I know where that is!" or "Where is this?" Ironically, some of the pictures were too close to where we were (less than a block) and still too far away.
I thought, well, that's it, I can't even pander right. But on the other hand, I did sell a few that in any other town, I wouldn't have. So, I still don't know what's best.
One bit of magic did happen as an argument against local interest (or at least 100% local interest). One guy flipped through one box of pics and pulled one out. He looked at it with wonder and bought it immediately. He told me that he and his wife had been in the exact place and waited for an hour for the sky to cooperate. They ultimately gave up and told themselves 'one day, we'll find the picture we were looking for.' And, so he did. He happily took the picture and it is now a tool for him to remember a special trip, place, and feeling.
For a minute, I felt self actualized.