A belated happy new year to everyone! I hope your year has got off to a great start. I had to slow down and stop as I was hit with a chest infection that knocked me around for nearly four weeks. This gave me an opportunity to do more reading that I usually do.
I particularly enjoyed reading about the theory of light and how to use that knowledge to create compelling images. The book was “Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting” 5th Edition by Fil Hunter. Also, I am part way through “Visual Alchemy: The Fine Art of Digital Montage” by Catherine McIntyre. This book is providing some inspiration for my abstract or conceptual work.
It also gave me an opportunity to think about the way forward with my photography. In my December post I expressed a few ideas for my approach to 2018. This is still a work in progress.
I have posted some images on Instagram over the last few weeks. Here is a sampling of my more recent ones.
Glass House Mountains
An abstract image
At the moment, my plan for 2018 is to reignite my enthusiasm for photography through disciplined learning via courses that appeal to my interests. This includes taking more time to create images rather than taking images. I want to learn to practice the mindset of successful photographers so I can improve my images.
BCG Print Project Challenge – I am considering participating in this again this year. The first step is to develop an artist statement. My likely focus will be on a topic that requires conceptual photography so I can creatively challenge myself.
BCG Competition Topics and Process – I aim to compete as often as I have time. The higher priority will be the Print Project Challenge and Masters Homework. Also, I will focus on the course “Master Your Craft” which I have signed up for.
Masters Apprentices Homework – I plan to participate more in this as it is non-competitive and builds ability to talk about my images and to receive feedback in a safe environment.
As I mentioned above, I have signed up for the “Master Your Craft” Course taught by David duChemin. I have enjoyed a number of his books and find his style to my liking. I will share some of my progress images here just like I did when I did a course through the University of Tasmania a couple of years ago.
Before starting the “Master Your Craft” course, David duChemin recommends one answer these questions:
What do you love enough to spend your short life (or your limited free time) photographing?
I enjoy landscapes and seascapes. Travel photography is also very enjoyable when I can get into the moment and treat the image making as meditation or mindfulness. I also have an interest in images created using montage in Photoshop which tell a story or make people think.
What are you curious enough about to spend hours looking at it through your camera?
Curiosity is not one of my strong points. Fortunately Marie (my wife) has more curiosity then me and pushes me to explore and this often has positive results. This means we visit new locations to be able to make some fresh images.
Which photographs by other photographers most resonate with you? Why?
This is a really tough question to answer. I browse images on 500px.com and Instagram but rarely look through books. The books I do own are about “how to” photography and post production rather than books of photographs. So this means I need to review other photographs more critically so I can see what it is that appeals to me.
Looking through my work in 2017 reveals images associated with workshops I attended, camera club competition topics, some street photography (as Marie is more interested in that), as well as landscape and travel photography.
These questions are aimed at helping one to discover their own vision in photography. When I resumed my interest in photography, my aim was to improve my basic capability and create better images. I also wanted to be able to create stories out of my images potentially based on my poetry as inspiration.
This introduction to the course also has an assignment which is to create a body of work that explores one aspect of my vision over a period of 4 months. I need to make 12 images that work together to explore that one thing.
So, before I proceed any further I need to have at least a partial sense of my vision and to have made a start on this project. The best way for me to start is to use landscapes as my item to explore. Now I need to start taking some images.
So until next time,
Happy image making!