Often I’ll photograph shells or other objects I find lying on the beach, just as they are. I resist doing any artistic arranging for those shots; it seems inauthentic somehow. (Like anyone would know… or care?) The odds are I wouldn’t be able to come up with an artful arrangement that was more interesting than whatever I stumble upon anyway. Perhaps this is related to my inability to draw.
When I’m not on the beach and I’m really itching for a subject, I can’t be too picky. The rock and sand dollar arrangement were sitting on the railing on our back deck. In my own defense: I didn’t put them there.