upping my photography game … or at least trying

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So in case I haven’t mentioned it somewhere, I started teaching a photography class. My motivations were primarily selfish. I wanted to get back to thinking about photography. And I have to say I am enjoying really diving into things I haven’t thought about before. More deeply exploring concepts and ideas is something I love doing and I love that I have an excuse and motivation to actually do it.

In my explorations I came across this quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson:

If a photograph is to communicate its subject in all its intensity, the relationship of forms must be rigorously established. Photography implies the recognition of a rhythm in the world of real things. What the eye does is to find and focus on the particular subject within the mass of reality; what the camera does is simply to register upon film the decision made by the eye. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

It highlights several things to me:

  • The purpose of taking a photograph is to tell a story of a subject and you need to do everything you can to make that story happen.
  • Don’t just ‘take a snap shot’, make a picture. Be conscious and intentional when taking a photograph.
  • Photographs are created.
  • Understanding of art principles is really useful in creating these more considered images. I am currently learning more about compositional elements that I am looking forward to playing around with and sharing with you.
  • The camera is a simply a tool. The best camera you have is the one you have on you!

I suppose what I am saying in a nutshell is that I want to become more conscious when I am behind the camera. What do you think? How conscious are you when you are behind a camera?

On a second note, I am thinking of sharing some of my learning. I kind of see it as giving myself a diploma in photography and why not share that. So I thought I would share some great things I come across, photographers that inspre me and some of my experimentation. Yes? No? Let me know

i have decided

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The past 11 months have had their ups and downs, but lately I have been in a really good space. I am generally an optimistic sort but I think sometimes I need reminding. I saw this on pinterest the other day and it really resonated with me.

Obviously horrible to horrific life events aside, in the every day it is really our choice whether we have a good day or bad. You can decide to grumble about the little inconveniences or be grateful for the little windfalls. I find it very empowering really that it is up to me. Why give the power to someone else to influence your day?

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So I made a poster with my new daily mantra. It is helpful seeing it in the morning but even just repeating it often to myself pre-poster making has been good.

Do you have a daily mantra? How do you stay positive in a world that is sometimes a little bit inconvenient?