Obviously, second to my family, photography is my passion whether that be discussing it, teaching or just looking at stuff photographic or design orientated. I could sit and watch Jays screensaver for hours, he being an avid collector of visual stuff – his screensaver is in itself a continuous installment of visual concepts from around the world and beyond reaching to the heady heights of Shaftesbury. I think we can learn and be inspired by all aspects of design whether it be architecture, old masters, sculpture (some of Gill Du Monts wonderful bronze sculptures at the recent Wylye Art Trail took my breath away, i love to see women in proportion!)
But above all, I am most happy when I am within the photograph, getting my hands dirty and using my brain to construct and build images, then only to break it down and rebuild again but in its more naked form. I always think that an image can be more powerful when elements are taken away rather than added, it is too easy to complicate a picture when actually, the simplistic elements such as light and thoughtful composition are all you need, – to introduce a theme or prop can often detract from the raw beauty of what is in front of us…. I am guilty of this but have kind of disciplined myself to take a step back and think before I shoot and more often than not, within my camera, I will be removing elements.
So… back to the point of this weekend which brings a wedding in my home town (I so rarely get to shoot on home turf these days, supposedly means I get a lie in, right..) at the Quaker Hall followed by the gorgeous Pythouse Walled Garden so I’m hoping for some of that lovely low evening soft summer light… in contrast to last weeks torrential downpour which lent itself to some wonderfully animated moments..
I am wishing Elena, Harry and Seth a wonderful day and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
Sunday brings my summer portrait day. These special days I set up around five years ago to build my client base within the portrait area of my business and have been incredibly popular. My normal shoot fee is waivered for these days, so my clients book in a time with me and I spend around an hour with each family at a specific location such as The Larmer Tree gardens or as this weekend, the whimsical gardens at Hatch. A marathon of photography, but I am doing here, what I love most – that is making new friends with little people and creating beautiful images which, I hope, will stand the test of time and will be admired as being current and emotive in 50 years from now… its not all about art, it’s about blending creativity with emotion and portraying a moment in a childs life that will not be repeated. I’d say that’s priceless..