How I work
I often get asked questions about how I work?
Where do I take photos? How? What? Where? Why?
A NEW IDEA IS BORN
I only take photos that have got
Whether it be an abandoned building, a nature scene, or a little bird – I don’t shoot until I can communicate with and understand my subjects. I don’t shoot until I’ve got a clear idea of what I want to achieve.
I spend hours just looking around and exploring. If my subjects don’t reveal themselves to me, I will simply walk away …
YOU’VE ONLY GOT 12 SHOTS
I play this game where I use my digital camera as a “film camera” and limit myself to a certain number of images that I can take.
I plan my compositions and don’t try to get a “lucky shot” by taking 100 photos and hoping one is good; I only take 2 or 3 shots of my subjects, knowing that what I’ve planned will be on my computer a bit later.
After a bit of editing, the images are ready for printing and hanging on a wall, well … normally J
BUT THEN LIFE HAPPENS
It sometimes happens that the 2 or 3 shots were not nearly good enough and I have nothing to show for my efforts. And that is ok!
Photography is not something to be rushed! I still treasure the moments that I could spend with my subjects. (see Rather invest in experiences, than in equipment!)
HOW I PHOTOGRAPH
When I am on location and the subject is right, and the weather is right, the mood is right – I will photograph knowing that I will never return to this location. Knowing this puts me in the right space knowing that there is no compromise. I have got to make the best of this opportunity and I’ve got to shoot to the best of my ability.
Once I visited and captured a location, it is ticked off and I never return; this is just one of my personal rules, making the images in my collections very special and collectable.
Most of my photos are taken at locations where other photographers will never have access.
I STAY AWAY FROM MAINSTREAM PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS
I try and stay away from mainstream destinations as to keep my images interesting, fresh and never seen before.
ARE YOU A PURIST?
I often get asked if I am a purist. The answer is a definite “NO!” My images do not always reflect “life”, I try to convey wonderful places that I see in my mind – so yes, I spend time editing my images. I might add colour or remove colour or add a texture overlay, the possibilities are endless.
I see my images more painterly than photographic. When you think about it, it’s called photography, not reality …
PHOTOGRAPHY IS ART
To me, photography is Art! Something made by an artist!
I don’t follow all the photography rules and worry about the lines and the rule of thirds and the this and the that and the ISO and the shutter and the aperture and the lens and the body and 1000 other things that distract you from taking beautiful and meaningful photographs. I am not saying that all of this is not important and that you should never take time to learn this – I am simply saying that after you have taken 20 minutes to
An expensive camera cannot make a breath-taking picture as much as an expensive set of pots can cook a tasty dish.
Only in the hands of an artist, be it a photographer, writer, chef or painter can the equipment come to
So, before you invest 1000’s into equipment, rather invest into yourself and learn learn learn!
(1) Get to know the equipment you currently have and master it;
(2) Take photos with the best camera you will ever own – your eyes. Lay on your back, touch mother earth and wait, it might happen;
(3) Don’t just take 100 snaps and hope for the best, it’s not an art when everyone around you can do the same thing, and it’s not a good photo when you have to select the best from 1000;
(4) Enjoy spending time in nature or in your studio;
(5) Don’t compare yourself to others – never!
(6) Leave your cell phone, tablets and charging shrines at home – disconnect from the mother ship for a while;
(7) Have fun!
(8) Be unique – don’t try and get the shot that everyone has already taken, published and
(9) Don’t be scared to edit your images, add a bit of colour, remove a bit of colour – it’s called photography … not reality!
(10) Even if you go home with only one or even no photo, know that you spent time in nature. You touched the earth, you connected to nature, you recharged!
So, there you have it! At its very core, photography is simple. Rather than fretting with 100 buttons or trying to get the perfect lens fitted, spend time enjoying nature, spend time enjoying your camera and making beautiful pictures, because while you were pushing buttons and changing lenses and trying to find the position where person A or B took the “perfect” picture, mother nature had already revealed and closed herself and you have missed THE SHOT!
Now poor you have to go home with a picture that
Lots to think about!