Having deep thoughts about the role of chains in life. I worked out I can link where I am now back to where I was five, ten, thirty years ago through a chain of events. It’s much like what Steve Jobs said here about connecting dots;
Then I was thinking about the function of those chains. Is the strength of those links to past events holding me in place like an anchor? Alternatively, is the inherent strength something I use to get to the next link, building a longer and stronger chain in the process?
The fundamental question from all this is, am I pushing on or be pulled by the chain?
It took five hours from the time I first saw this faded sign for the sun to get in the right place to cast the shadows from the peeled paint like I know it would.
This is what I saw earlier in the morning and as the light was behind the sign there was not a lot I could do with it then and there. It always pays to think about where the light is and where it can and will be.
Now I could have sat there and waited but I found other things to do. Patience in this case is more like knowing something will come and being ready for it rather than just giving up and walking away…
The semester break is coming to an end and I have caught up on a few things. I have also been looking around more and found some things to share.
Extraordinary Vision is an magazine for outdoor photographers that’s available for free through iTunes. (There are paid add-ins)
Reylia Slaby is based in Japan. Her portfolio covers a few themes and if you like Brooke Shaden or Leanne Cole, the work will appeal, without being a copy or homage. If you don’t, there is still something for you here.
Another portraiture portfolio worth checking out belongs to Dalton Campbell
I also came across a good video about the power of perseverance in creativity.
Listening to Headland
The last few weeks I hit a bit of a slump and I realised it came down to a number of external factors and that I had to deal with so I could progress.
It’s common for anyone that makes or creates to get stuck occasionally. Even famous photographer/international man of mystery Austin Powers…
For me it begins when that little voice starts up…
“You went there last time and you will end up with the same images if you go again”
“The light is rubbish”
“It’s raining and cold”
What we choose to do about it is key. The thing to do is to listen to that little voice but keep doing.
- Don’t make the same images, make better ones or use the same subject but use a different lens or time of day.
- If the light is rubbish BYO light. My definition of “available light” is any light, not just daylight. Use whatever you can to record what you see. I spoke about this in a previous post called faking it.
- Force yourself into uncomfortable situations. I made these yesterday on a two-hour walk in 2 degrees celsius (that’s 35 degrees for those into Fahrenheit)
There is a mix of bold colour, muted colour, black and white, Lenses from 10 – 350mm, fixed and zoom lenses, natural and manmade subjects, large and small apertures, varied perspectives looking up, looking down and not just straight ahead.
All those options can be recombined to produce new and interesting images of the same subject. Some of the macro images are done with a telephoto zoom lens. The building could be photographed using a macro lens. The only image this approach could not apply to is the Kookaburra, unless you could get physically closer.
With point number three, I have mentioned photographing people is a problem I wanted to use this project to address. I had to overcome some anxiety and fear of rejection but now I am making progress. The block is not quite broken but I’m working through it.