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?
An amazing young lady who I've now photographed a number of times, recently a few hours at her new home in Swindon.
I always try to get at least one image that's a bit different from the rest of those in the session. SEE MORE
Beth has been helping me try out a few different looks in my new small studio at home.
I'm finding I'm liking speedlights more and more and it's so easy to play around with a few gels. And I bought a little smoke machine. So there's going to be more of this to come.
So in 2018 we had the ‘Beast from the East’ but no snow. This year we had the ‘Wimper from the West’ and were snowed in for a couple of days.
So this was a quick walk to the top of our lane to see how the Olympus worked with the snow (‘Quite well’). SEE MORE
A (VERY SHORT) WINTER'S TALE
I'd never been to one of these although I'd watched a good bit of motor sport on the TV. But it doesn't prepare you either for how loud it is nor how difficult getting a useful image is (they say that 6 out of 350 ain't bad!).
But good fun and I learned a few important things. SEE MORE
PRESCOTT SPEED HILL CLIMB
The original Great Western Railway Engine Shed was built in 1932, using loans provided by the government to relieve unemployment. Many features of this original depot survive to this day, together with some later additions.
This night the main shed is half full of smoke and steam with period dressed locomotive crews, cleaners, fitters and a works foreman.
Winter's Night at Didcot Railway