Becoming a photographer again

"Pictures can tell a story, create understanding, lift a heart and engage our emotions"

In the 1970’s I worked as a commercial photographer before being lured into Marketing Communications and PR where I spent the next 35 years.  No surprise then that images have always been central to my working life and in the various jobs I had I was mostly responsible for selecting the very best images that would ‘catch the eye’ when used in a wide range of media including print, illustration, exhibitions, AV/Video and advertising.

It's no secret that an image that most people would consider successful will have triggered some emotion within the person viewing it. Be that happiness, sadness, joy, fear, anger, surprise, trust, anticipation, intrigue – or even disgust - that emotion will contribute to the image holding the attention of that person or prompting them to look at it again.

Too often though it seems that a 'successful' image simply equals a ’technically perfect’ one in the minds of some photographers, rather than an image that has emotional impact, an image that excites or depresses, one that arouses feeling of elation, guilt or pain ... or one that simply tells a story.

So, whilst an image obviously still needs to be technically competent, as I get back into photography - and this time only as a hobby -  my choice is to try to create a strong image that hopefully engages with the viewer, rather than a strong technical image with no soul.

Having retired and without the pressure of business I also hope that I might be able to pass on to others some stuff that I’ve learned over the years.

What photography have I recently been doing?