What are the main things I have learnt in this Journey of Recognition?
I have learnt how important lighting is to capture the quality of the photo I desire. I especially enjoyed going out at twilight to take photos in the "blue hour". The results astonished me, even though they were all taken in an urban environment. This particular experience was a real adventure and filled me with enthusiasm and excitement.
I also noticed what fun it was to photograph subjects that I would never have thought of photographing before.
Nature is my first love and will probably always remain my favourite subject, but now I can look at many other subjects and feel a connection with them.
When something speaks to me, when I feel a pull, I know that the emotion I feel will appear in the image which has been captured.
It was an amazing experience for me to take lots of shots, sometimes over a hundred. This allowed me to connect with the subject on a much deeper level. I became totally lost and absorbed in this exercise and lost all notion of time.
Trying out different angles and the way the light falls differently can really make a huge difference to the final result and then I choose just a small handful of these images which really express what I have felt.
Why do I take photographs? I love to capture atmosphere, the way a certain light suddenly illuminates or enhances, sometimes just for a brief moment, something which grabs my attention, which pulls me in.
This moment is unique and when I get it at just the right moment, it's quite exhilarating!
Photography is a means of bringing forward an inner creativity which is seeking an outlet.
I have to feel moved to make a scene or a subject emanate that special something which shows the heart connection that I felt when I took the photo.
If my heart is not in it, the end result will lack substance and soul.
Learning about angles and depth of field have widened my scope and shown me just how much these two elements can give impact to an image.
I can see my photography changing. I have become more daring, more confident. I can see my own personal style emerging - which will evolve as I also evolve on this journey of discovery.
My next step is to study photo settings, epecially exposure and shutter speed, and to learn everything which is connected to improving the delicate art of capturing meaningful images.
Why do I show the images I take? Good question!
Well, I like to share the beauty I see around me or share the emotion of a single moment in time.
Some of this beauty and emotion may touch others and allow them to become more aware, more conscious of the fact that all living beings share a soul connection.
Recognizing that I'm on the never-ending journey of life
but always moving and evolving
in all ways.
This is my Journey of Recognition.