yesterday, i saw a photograph that someone made.. not sure when they made it - recently i think.. but regardless, it’s a great photograph.. thing is, about 12 months ago, i had an idea to make a photograph that was very, very similar to the one i saw yesterday - almost exactly the same concept really.. that idea has been sitting in my brain all that time..
immediately i disliked the photograph because i felt like it was my idea & this person had some how stolen it from me.. then i felt resentment towards the person that made it..
but then shortly after, i was left only with the disappointment in myself after realizing the idea was never mine.. i sat it on the bench - too ‘busy’ to make it happen.. i never took ownership of it.. i never reached the harvest.. it was there, mine for the taking but i ignored it.. so the idea found a new master - someone hungry for it, searching, seeking it..
and oh man, that hurts.. that’s a real slap in the face..
that’s a bucket of icy cold water saying “WAKE UP you idiot!”…
hey todd, ur kinda awesome... how do you transform your photography to something completely creative and fresh? cheers.
thanks for the love!
to increase creativity in your output, i think you have to adjust the way you see (that’s the input).. i try to look beyond the surface visualness of a photo.. don’t just look at a situation - see it.
when i look at a photo, or a scene, or possible composition, i break it down - convert to graphic/2D form only, convert to emotional content only, convert to colour/tonal content only.. after that, i mix it all together again & adjust composition/framing/people to what i like..
this all happens quickly in my head while i’m shooting i guess, so my subject won’t notice it.. but the brain can do some pretty amazing things.. and i’ve been practising… a lot.
sorry about the deep/cryptic/analytical answer, but you asked :)
oh, and i’m always feeding my brain with lots of visuals from as many sources i can find that are in no way related to weddings.. i very rarely look at other wedding photographers’ sites/blogs.
Life is exciting yes? our next chapter has begun.. Yours is about to…
9 years ago we walked into this “renovator’s dream” & we knew straight away it was for us.. You just know when you know. Our ‘buy it, fix it up & sell after 2years’ project turned into our ‘buy it, fix it up while we live, share & love there for 9 years’.
it was our first house together.. We still love this house & part of our hearts still, & will always remain at 270 Oldhouse Road. Our kids will never remember it, but we will certainly drive past & say, ‘look kids, that’s mum & dad’s first house together!’ to which they will respond, ‘whatevs dad, can we go to McDonald’s now?’.. & I will smile knowing that things have come full circle..
lots of love, laughter, tears of joy (and sorrow), dinner parties with friends, movie nights, & one very famous garage ping pong tournament, represents a home truly lived in..
We were going to add a nice deck on the back & a pool in our big empty back yard, but alas, our home-based business outgrew our beloved home.. Come through & have a look.. Imagine yourself here.. Just like we knew, you’ll know, way before our real estate agent tries to sell it to you ;)