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!”…
i’m awake :)
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.
does that answer your question?
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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..
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