Where’s your photography going?

I’ve been excited by photography for as long as I can remember.  I was about ten years old when I found an old rangefinder camera at a garage sale and was intrigued by what it could do, it almost seemed impossible for a roll of film to capture the events around me, but it did.  My Dad had explained the mechanics of a camera and soon I was off experimenting as if it was a science project and recording the mischievous lives of my brother and I after school.  Now, thirty odd years later I’m still intrigued by what photography can do, but in a very different way.

As we age, we grow and mature, well some of us do anyway.  We develop a greater awareness of the world around us and the issues going on, our experiences deepen and circumstances change.  So it’s little surprise that our photography will change too.  The need to grasp the technical side of photography has lowered in some ways and increased in others, bringing new challenges, and once we begin to  master these principles, we’re free to capture and express those things that matter to us most, with ideas that build on each other, and develop over time.

For me, I’m now less interested the things I photograph and more interested in what they represent.  The literal depiction of a waterfall or a river may be beautiful but doesn’t always satisfy me.  I love the landscape and will continue to be inspired by nature and everything it holds, but I can’t help feeling there’s so much more than what we see on the surface.  

The more I think about nature, the more I realise it’s just a concept we’ve created, just like ‘us’ and ‘them’, why wouldn’t we think of ourselves as part of nature?  Despite our best efforts to enclose ourselves in buildings, cities and towns, and to separate ‘us’ and ‘it’, we remain interlinked and we exist together.  So by exploring nature and our world, we explore ourselves as well.

The ideas, concepts and experiences we bring are unique to each one of us, they change and deepen within us over time.  It’s concepts like these, like our interaction with nature that drives my photography forward today, what drives yours?

Tree shapes and patterns
Shapes of a tree
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