I like to get very close to a flower, to go beyond what my eyes see...
The following things count for me the most in photography:
1) Total awareness in the presence of my subject. Feeling the essence within, getting to the very heartbeat of what I am observing.
2) Capturing an image that depicts that heart connection. One that conveys that initial feeling I experience, rather than over-editing what I see later on the screen. I don't care for special effects unless I'm doing something for fun! I don't like to 'embellish' a photo beyond recognition in which the whole subject loses its soul in the process.
3) I prefer an image which speaks to me, which captures what I feel as opposed to one that is visually 'perfect' photographically speaking, but doesn't create that warm glow inside of me.
When I am in the presence of trees, I can feel the life force emanating from them
When I observe a flower, I penetrate into its heart and lose myself in its presence
I let the colours and the shapes penetrate my very being, I feel as if I am breathing them in
When I observe a blade of grass or see a leaf illuminated by the sun, I am pulled into the world of the subject I am observing and we join together in a silent exchange
Any excitement I may feel comes from being in the presence of nature. At this point, I am capturing what I see with my eyes and all my other senses, there is almost no need for the camera because everything is being imprinted within me.
However, when I do have my camera with me, there is the feeling of capturing that precise moment in time and taking photos from different angles.
Editing is not my favourite part and I hope to edit less and less as I get into the manual settings of my camera.
Looking at the images on the computer tells me if I have captured what I felt in the moment. I eliminate the photos which do not express the essence with which I entered into contact at the time of capture.
Editing is not a very strong source of creative inspiration for me. In fact, it can sometimes remove the meaningful depth of the subject photographed.
In the last few weeks, I have also noticed that I can be captivated by abstract shapes and that I could be inspired by those shapes, as well as by texture and by colour.