Many photographers photograph the world the way it is. I photograph the world the way I would like the world to be.
The water rolls, the clouds move and light reflects off all it touches.
My camera stays open, recording in one image, all this movement of light.
How wonderful this world is.
Painting pictures in my mind.
Shades of light.
Shapes and textures.
The eye is drawn.
The camera drawn.
No... just walking.
I stand watching.
I am alone, but I am not lonely.
Shifting light, textures, shades;
these are my companions.
It can be a difficult journey to live a creative life, if you live within an environment which does not understand or value creativity. Seek-out and surround yourself with positive soul-mates.
It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful this world is… yet it is so easy to miss that beauty when our lives are so busy. Photography is my way of slowing down, getting away and watching the world move more slowly.
Photography can be three steps forward, two steps back, hit a tall wall, can't go over, can't go under, three steps to the side, hit a pot hole... but isn't it fun to be creative !! Yep..
Photograph what you see... it might be reality. Photograph what could be... that is creativity. Photograph automatically... is that what you really see? Photograph manually... you may learn to see differently.
You are the conductor ~ Your orchestra are shapes, textures, stories, objects, patterns, emotions, design, moments, depth, focus, rhythm, shades, colour, movement and light. It is your performance. It is your vision.
It's colored light
But isn't bright.,
I wait and watch,
Then slowly I let my film soak up this light.
For a photographer this is a magic moment... about 45 minutes before sunrise, light is already starting to push back the dark. I open my camera and let nature paint me a picture.
I like to live a creative life, with a touch of philosophy, a cup of espresso coffee and a good hoard of Velvia film... how sweet life is.
Some people like to hit little white balls into holes in the ground.... I like to take photo's.... We're all a bit mad in our own way.
The most important lessons I have learnt on the 'road' to becoming a photographer don't involve my camera.
If you shift your mindset from photographing 'things', towards photographing 'light', you will amaze yourself.
Too many 'photographers' are hoping to make their living through photography. While I don't wish to discourage, for some will succeed, most will not. Frustration and disappointment are not good companions to carry through life. Try your best at Plan A, but always have a Plan B and Plan C in your life.
The Still Image: focused, powerful, holding the thought. Concentrating the narrative for all to see and reflect on. Not to be lost in the blink of an eye.
Film slows me down.
I get time to think and to feel.
I like my photographs to be considered in their making.
I have never run a workshop,
but my first lesson would be,
let's meet by waters edge at sunrise
but leave your camera be.
Just look... and think... and feel,
now tell me, what do you see?
A creative life.
It can be deep, intense and passionate.
Yet it's often not an easy life.
Here's to all creative lives.
Don't always control the making of a picture... let go. It's ok to let fate, spontaneity and chance play with you.
Laugh, love, dream, strive, smile, feel, joy, look, try, fail, read, walk, search, share, help, work, fun, learn, retry, sweat, cry, rest, wait, fear, hope, trust, pride... when we have lived all of these, our photography might stop being a record of what our camera sees and become an expression of what we as photographers feel.
To grow creatively, and grow as a person, you will often need to jump out of your 'comfort zone'. It can be scary, it's often be hard work. You may not completely understand why or what you are doing at the time. You might get criticised, but do it you must.
The water rolls, the clouds move and light reflects off all it touches. My camera stays open recording in one image all this movement of light.
Film is like a good bottle of wine; rich in colours and tonality with a depth of character and complexity which you just don't get from that flat 'video' look of digital. Like a good wine, film is also most enjoyable.