Originally Posted by Darkroom317
A photographer I know used to market himself with a slogan about "seeing the familiar through fresh eyes" or some such thing, I wonder if a dose of that could apply in this case. I have lived within a 40 mile radius of Philadelphia in the northeast all my life and some of my last years of working were spent doing control system replacements in a few southern paper mills. There are impressive architectural examples in many old southern cities and I recall being fascinated by cypress swamps and bayous outside of Shreveport in Louisiana during a stay there, things that were completely new in my experience. I think sometimes our vision no longer actually registers the stuff we see on a daily basis; maybe it's necessary to pretend we just dropped in from another planet occasionally!