The Photography Tag
It’s no secret that a subject I will forever adore and obsess over is photography - it’s something I’m crazy passionate about and will always happily discuss. Even though it may feel like 2016 / 2017 with a tag but it’s a great way to get to explore a topic and to let folks know how you feel. Are there any photography questions you would ask?
Do you have any favourite photographers ??
How Did You 1st Get Into Photography ?
Me and photography have had a long standing love affair since childhood which all started when my dad gave me (and my sisters) our 1st cameras. My Granddad and dad’s side of the family were a big fans of photography, snapshots and family adventures - so I carried that forward.
What Was Your 1st Camera ?
They were cheaper, children’s plastic film cameras - I think mine had a cute polar bear on it. The joy came when my dad would come home with a freshly developed batch and seeing what we had produced.
Who Are Your Photography Heroes & Inspirations ?
When it comes to my favourite artists, the list is as long as it is broad and thanks to my years of studying the subject I’ve accumulated a lot of names. However there are a couple of stand out favourites - some of them include :
Annie Liebovitz (from her eariler years)
How Do You Overcome Photographer’s Block ?
Having creative block in any subject can be an exhausting and drawn out process to overcome but it can happen to any artist regardless of experience. For me I like to regroup by:
#01 || Stop and take stock
#02 || Focus on my self-care (as that can be a common contributing factor in my own block, especially when it dips)
#03 || Look at artists that bring me joy or inspiration (hopefully without comparison), these artists don’t have to be photographers
#04 || Try & accept that the process can take time
#05 || Create mind maps of possible ideas
#06 || Make a fresh moodboard of current aesthetic goals
#07 || Pick up the camera & just shoot for play - it may not work but occasionally it can spark something
If You Had To Shoot Just 1 Genre, What Would That Be ?
In being completely honest, I haven’t found my bona fide niche or style and I fully realise I’m out of practice with the physical taking process. If I’m brutally honest it’s a little hard to create some of the ideas I have as my creative space is the sum total of my bedroom with not an abundance of wall space or even room to put down a tripod. Since my university days I’ve adored and appreciated the snapshot aesthetic - capturing the little moments of the everyday and elevate them to beautiful art. A genre I do miss is the conceptual, I feel my college days were my most ‘creative‘ with all the ideas and facilities to create the work - now I feel my ideas are more nuanced but my confidence, space and time are restricted a little. So for now it’s the snapshot.
Any Tips For Beginner Photographers ?
#01 || Get making
#02 || Try to accept that there will always be a GAP between where you want to be & where you are in your creativity but you can help bridge that gap slowly
#03 || You’ll fall in & out of love with artists depending where you are in your journey
#04 || Play with editing, sometimes less is more, sometimes more is more
#05 || You’ll prefer some parts of the process more than others
#06 || A ‘rubbish’ camera can still do amazing work
What Does Photography Mean To You ?
Photography is a subject that is one of the things I have an all encompassing love for and to eloquently put into words my affection for it, is a tough one. The amount of different creative voices and variety that can be found in all genres of photography is astounding. Images can be inspiring for other’s but as a creative it can be immersive, emotive, therapeutic and a highly personal experience.
Any Photography Pet Hates ?
Wildly over-saturated images are not the one for me. The student’s I teach seem to all go through a certain stage of pushing the colours to the absolute limit of their chosen editing program, it’s a completely valid route of editing but for me it’s too out there and fake plus can lose some of the images authenticity (but that’s just me). I even went through a stage of using HEAVY filters when studying my A-levels - a very long time ago (see below), it can have its uses but it no long sits well in my style.
Any Photography Faux Pas ?
People assuming the camera is the reason you created a stunning image not the knowledge, style or input from the one holding said camera. Even the most basic of cameras can produce something worthwhile, it may take a little more thought in some cases.
Some Quick Fire Questions :
01 || Manual or Automatic ? Manual, I’ve become comfortable with my camera & settings
02 || Physical or Digital Editing ? There’s a real beauty in physically playing with an image plus it’s so satisfying however there is an ease to make a vision a reality with computer editing
03 || Current Lens Of Choice ? A 18mm - 50mm Lens (Standard)
04 || Your Preferred Lighting Type ? I’m a natural kind of girl
05 || Planned Or Spontaneous Shooting ? I’m more of a planner although some of the best shots can occur completely off the cuff