Balancing science and authenticity is what makes great imagery.

It doesn’t take long for a little bit of knowledge to corrupt authenticity in the world of photography. Gaining knowledge is credible, especially if we can retain it, but it doesn’t necessarily make us better photographers. Knowledge on its own sometimes sucks the soul out of photography if we let it. Authenticity on the other hand is not limited to any particular level of photography. We can create authentic images in the most infant stages of our photographic journey. Just as we become fluent in a language over time, we can become fluent in our knowledge, and allow it, combined with trusting our inner eye, to become a conversation that produces authentic work.

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Celebrate the work of other photographers.

The world is a big place and there is plenty of opportunity to discover ourselves photographically without feeling overwhelmed or underwhelmed by the work of other photographers. Instead, celebrate them, be inspired by them, congratulate them, learn from them, but never measure ourselves by them. Celebrating other photographers doesn’t devalue our work, it just shows appreciation and curiosity for the art. Our journey is our own, so we can stay focused on our photographic pursuits and in time our work will speak for itself.

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The image is more valuable than the Camera.

I love the work of David Yarrow for this very reason. He’s willing to have his camera destroyed by wild life in pursuit of a once in a life time shot. The image is the focus, not the camera. We can’t all afford to dispose of our cameras or have the luxury of being sponsored, but we can adopt it as an attitude in how we think.  No matter what camera we have, we should shoot in a way that warrants no explanation of the gear we’re shooting with. Let our conversations be more about the vision of what we are pursuing photographically, about the successes and the failed attempts. That is the birth place of great imagery.

Photography is a journey, not a destination.

The magic of light exists in the way it travels great distances and interacts with the world, always changing direction and energy. We are the same. To become a Master of anything, we need to embrace the journey and not settle on a destination. So often we stop to think we’ve arrived somewhere, only to find ourselves tired and uninspired. If the Mastery of photography is in catching the light, then as long as it’s travelling, we should travel with it.

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Finding our Signature

No two signatures are the same. If we gave one hundred people with the same name, a pen and paper, they’re all going to be set apart by their own personal style of writing. Photography, meaning writing with light, is no different. We can script the light in a way where people can identify our images as unique. Finding our signature in photography is the balance between joining our knowledge base skills with our inner eye, listening to the voice within and trusting our instinct.

 

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June 25, 2018
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Kristy Gibson
June 27, 2018
I love your point on 'Photography is a journey not a destination', I believe the journey can give you beautiful inner peace and calm. A total sense of being in the moment. Present, just you and a subject. It could be a sunset, ladybeetle or a family of five. I have learnt to enjoy the moment.
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June 29, 2018
So beautifully said Kristy! It's words like that that show how photography ignites first and foremost from within. It's a great joy watching your photographic journey unfold and seeing how your enthusiasm ignites those around you.x
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Relly Richards
June 29, 2018
So very true. Sometimes we need to see things through the eyes of a child and just capture the moment and appreciate the beauty of something, instead of getting caught up in all the technical logistics. Everyone sees things differently, appreciate what you see and capture YOUR beauty!
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    June 29, 2018
    Wow so beautifully said Relly, can't wait to see YOUR beautiful images in the up and coming exhibition in Rolleston later this year. Enjoy the journey! x
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Sarah
July 9, 2018
Thanks for the share! I need to get inspired again. Have sent you an email in regards to a solo workshop. Look forward to hearing from you!
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    July 9, 2018
    Thanks Sarah, So good to hear you've been inspired! I've sent through availability and prices so look forward to catching up. Until then, keep chasing that light!
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