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Where’s your photography going?

I’ve been excited by photography for as long as I can remember.  At first it was simply the ability to record moments in life which captured my attention, and there was a technical element too.  My Dad explained how film captures light and how the mechanics work together to form an image and soon I was off experimenting with the camera as if it were a science experiment, or capturing the mischievous lives of my brother and I after school.  Needless to say, thirty odd years later and my interests have changed.

As we go, we grow and mature, we develop a greater grasp of the world around us and the issues going on, our experiences deepen and circumstances change.  So it’s little surprise that our photography will change too.  At some stage we need to develop a technical grasp of the medium, and from there we’re free to capture and express those things that matter to us most, with ideas that build on each other, and develop over time.

For me, I’m now less interested in the things I photograph and more interested in what they might represent.  The literal depiction of a waterfall or a river may be beautiful but often doesn’t satisfy my soul.  I love the landscape and will continue to be inspired by nature and everything it holds, but I want to go deeper.  Thinking of nature as if separate from ourselves, somehow seems at odds with itself.  Nature is concept we’ve created, just like ‘us’ and ‘them’, it’s a made up thing, and despite our best efforts to build around ourselves and separate ‘us’ and ‘it’, we remain interlinked within the same narrative, and we exist together.  So by exploring nature and our world, we explore ourselves as well.

The ideas, concepts and experiences we develop are unique to ourselves, they change and deepen within us.  It’s concepts like these that drive my photography forward today, what drives yours?

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