Life can be funny sometimes, & things can have a habit of getting out of hand leading you in a different direction if your not careful. if you don’t have something to bring you back, the check’s & balance’s that are needed to remind you why you started what you did & reminds you who you are, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the flow & end up somewhere different indeed.
Now, if like a Douglas Adams character you find you are happy with where that flow takes you then happy days. Or if your original intention was to jump on in & see where the flow took you in the years ahead like a photographic form of Zen Navigation, and you’re willing to ride that wave then that’s OK too, it really is. On a macro scale that’s quite often how I run a shoot. You get an idea, you don’t always know if or how it will take you to your intended final product but you know that there is something about it that feels right and your gut tells you to follow the flow.
I like that way of working. The problem is, on the grander scale I have come to realize that its not how I am comfortable living my life. Not that I don’t need an end goal as such but I do want to feel as if I have had some hand in steering my course. Thus, my age old & trusted mantra, after many years of incessantly jumping up & down in my subconscious, has finally made its self heard.
Back to Basics.
This site is the beginning of my fight back. An attempt to see if I can indeed alter the course of that flow & make my photographic decisions for my own reasons. To make a return to the style of photography that, in hindsight, resonated most strongly with me over the years and perhaps revisit some of my earlier work from a time before even I realized what I wanted to do creatively.
The image below is not one of my best, its not even technically great, but it represents to me a kind of subconscious beginning of understanding that there was more to this business than just point-shoot-sell. It was the first time I thought that perhaps, contrary to my own belief, there was after all a slightly artistically tainted bone in my left foot somewhere, and if I gave it a little room it might just grow a little.
There is a bit more to this tree than just the image. When I look back at the process of producing this image, from the day it was shot, seeing the image, though not the finished product at that time, through to the exploration of my gut feeling that there was something else behind it, I started to see for the first time that the image was more than just the silver on the page.
Also, my Sister really loves this image and I’m sure saw more in me than I did, so its a good one to start with I think.