There are a trillion and one photographs of the Eiffel Tower. Or of the Taj Mahal. Of a gondolier on the Grand Canal in Venice. And Let's not forget - everyone loves a pretty sunset.

So when you're out with a camera, why try to imitate things that have already been done countless times (and probably, in many cases, extremely well)?

I think it's way more interesting and worthwhile to try to capture good photographs of the unexpected, the overlooked, and the (supposedly) mundane. My favourite contemporary photographer - Benoit Paillé - has made stunning and profoundly beautiful photo projects out of parking lots, roadsides, items from dollar stores, and more.

The linked video provides some good tips on how to get your creative juices flowing and find inspiration in even the most (apparently) boring locations!