I thought I would take a departure this week from my typical post. I’ve spent some time cleaning up my image library and have reflected on my own photographic journey. I remember starting 8 years ago with my first Jack Graham workshop. We witnessed the must beautiful sunrise I have ever seen, it was at Rooster Rock. But my image… well…it sucked. The image you see below is Peter’s. Mine were not salvageable. I was very much at the bottom of this curve, struggling with my own technical proficiency – learning to use my camera, filters, cards, remote, Photoshop…… It was all so new.
I have been helping some of my friends on their journeys and it occurred to me that they were moving through similar stages. I think many people start at the bottom of this chart and work their way up. There are a fortunate group of people that have a vision and can communicate it in a compelling art form right from the start. I’m still working my way up.Peter and I spent the next two years on the technical stuff. We were focused on trying to get consistent, and expected, results every time we snapped the shutter. To be honest, I still struggle with focus, but more often than not my images are sharp.
I moved into the exploration phase a few years ago. Everything was still so new and interesting. During that time I completed both my Project 365 and my Project 52 epic sagas. If I’m honest, I still like trying new things and have a project list of 200+ projects I have yet to try.
I have begun to hone in and refine my personal style. I consider myself a nature and urban abstract artist. It first became clear to me when I put together a portfolio of 10 images to share with a reviewer. They were all abstracts.
I think I am still working my way up to the vision stage. I spend time looking at others’ works and am always in awe of the way people can capture emotion and feeling in a single frame – especially those images that don’t include people or animals.
Here’s to an epic journey, I look forward to where it takes me.