It’s time I started to give something back to Photography – a hobby, an interest and a passion – that over many years has given me so much, thanks to the contributions of countless people, numerous encounters, and an inquisitive mind and Eye.
I’m thinking of camera clubs that encouraged my development as a young photographer. Individuals who mentored me through the distinctions of the Royal Photographic Society. The exposure to the work of talented photographers at all levels over many years that has inspired me. The knowledge gained through reading books and magazines, and viewing galleries and exhibitions. And not forgetting the extraordinary power of the internet, and the capacity of the photographic blogging community to provide further inspiration through shared images, writing, knowledge, and support.
The wider and deeper our exposure to the Photography of others is, the more we learn, and the richer our grasp of the fundamentals of Photography becomes – both technically and artistically.
I’ve learnt, I continue to learn, and I know I will never stop learning. What I have learnt will eventually die with me unless I share it. And it’s about time I started sharing some of what I have learnt, and my own thinking about the nature of the creative process that drives my Photography.
And that is why I’ve decided to start this blog. I have no qualifications as a writer, nor could I call myself an authority or an expert. Expert I am not! What you will find here is simply what this blog’s sub-title states: ‘Observations from a visual journey’. Because that is exactly what life is like for a Photographer – it is a unique visual journey.
I will write about the things I know, think and believe: what I call my Visual Philosophy; and my experiences, and sometimes my failures. I will explain my understanding of ‘A Seeing Eye’. How that Eye is shaped, focused and individual. And particularly how we cultivate ‘A Seeing Eye’.
Occasionally I may even voice my concerns about the state of photography and where it is headed in this rapidly developing Digital world. And there will be plenty to write about that I haven’t even thought of writing about…yet.
These weekly observations will be, in essence, chapters in an on-line book – but chaotically collated, in no particular sequence. If they were collated into a logical organized whole then like any book, the content would draw to an inevitable conclusion. And that would not seem right. Because my observations are from a journey that is on-going, whose destination will forever be unknown and un-reached. And that’s the fun of it. I have no idea what my photography will look like five years from now.
Join me on this journey – sign up to subscribe, or bookmark the blog. Or just make sure you re-visit and join the debate. Add a comment – let’s have a discussion, because the topics I plan to write about will benefit from your input.
My other blog – LensScaper – will continue as an image-based blog with Posts twice a week. What will be different about this blog is that it is the writing that will be the more important constituent and the images will be merely the illustrations.
My aim will be to Post every Friday. So, come back a week from now, for the next Post which will look at ‘FaCT’. And that’s an acronym – explanation next week!