Posted on November 8, 2019
So many of my pictures of late have been about the surface of things. Yes it is fall and leaves are resting on the water, apples have dropped to the ground..but I realized today they are not really about that. these pictures are about shallowness and my desire to dig deeper. Social media is filled with pretty photos of nature, yummy food, exotic travel destinations and alluring selfies. I want to make pictures that have something more to say, and that’s hard.
I have watched this Cig Harvey lecture over and over again. Some thoughts I’ve come away with –
Taking the time to step back and really look at my work has been a revealing exercise. Although I will still stop and take a picture of a pretty flower or that red leaf shining in the grass, my thought process is changing.
I think maybe I have found a starting point, that tip of the iceberg.
“You are only this moment, the length of a photograph”
~ Cig Harvey
Posted on September 23, 2019
it’s good to trust that voice inside your head
but only if it’s your own
Posted on August 6, 2019
“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.”
~ Rebecca Solnit
Posted on February 4, 2016
“People say ‘Hofmann has different styles’. I have not. I have different moods; I am not two days the same man.” ~ Hans Hofmann
I was planning to post this earlier but I was fighting a cold that left me with very little motivation. Thankfully it has since gone away and I’m finally getting some energy back.
Before the holidays, I was going through some of my photos when I began to see a pattern. Seems my mood has a lot to do with what I photograph, how I photograph and how I choose to edit an image. With all the violence and chaos in the world, I found myself seeking subjects that portrayed a softer, quieter and more subtle side of life. Once the holidays arrived (and I stopped watching the news), my photos took on a whole different look and feel.
This little revelation had me wondering if anyone else experienced that with their own work. So I put the question out to my photographer friends on Facebook and a very interesting discussion ensued. When photographing for yourself (disregarding client work, of course) does your mood affect your photography in any way?
Many people felt that it did in all aspects, some just in the editing phase. Others said that just the opportunity to pick up their camera and get out to shoot immediately improved their mood and therefore they were always in a happy mood when photographing.
One friend described a process he goes through prior to shooting, “ Before I shoot, I sit down and I go deep down myself, into a place where I am in touch with all my feelings. If I cannot feel an image that I am about to shoot, I believe no one will.” How interesting!
But then there’s a whole other philosophy out there that was brought to my attention by a photographer friend from Amsterdam. He sent me this interesting article written by Garry Winograd – 10 Things Garry Winograd Can Teach You
Thought provoking for sure.
So tell me, what are your thoughts? Would be interesting to hear from artists who work in other genres as well.
“… yes I speak a different language – the dark fire of poetry – it flutters and gutters in tune with the mood.” ~ John Geddes
“I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I’m not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things. But my music does it for me, it really does.” ~ David Bowie
To thank all my photo friends who took part in this little chat, I am going to be adding links to their various websites and portfolios on my posts during the month of February (sharing the love!) To list them all at once would be a bit overwhelming.
Hope you will pay them a visit. Enjoy!