After a lovely breakfast at The Boat House, we went for a chilly damp walk around Gosport seafront in the fog. Portsmouth was barely visible across the narrow harbour and everything was dripping with fog – perfect for some moody shots!
A great many artists will tell you that it is essential to have a cull of your work regularly, in order to keep things fresh, but it is a very difficult thing to do. Earlier this year I met Mark Anstee (see my blog post from January) who strongly feels that his work is temporary, and consequently, he culls regularly.
The prints they chose were mesmerising and I realised in an instant that I had to cull my photographic work and concentrate on the simple, zen, abstract work that I do.
So this morning I have deleted hundreds and hundreds of pictures that I have taken this year. I have only kept the ones that made my heart sing when I saw them, and surprisingly most of them just evoked a ‘nah’ reaction – it wasn’t very difficult to do!
“One should photograph things not only for what they are, but also for what else they are.” Minor White
I thought that today of all days, I needed to get out into the outdoors and do some mindful photography and find some beauty in the world. Not easy in a drizzly grey Gosport in November. (Although annoyingly the sun has come out since I got home!). But I had a great walk and am very pleased with the pictures I took. The leaves still look amazing.
I decided to focus on colour – to brighten my day – but some monochrome crept in there too, perhaps giving away my underlying mood.
I am very proud to share my pictures of the Action Stations building taken earlier this month. As I have already blogged, I learnt a great deal doing this assignment – and I am very pleased with the results.
I used my mindful practice of wandering around the building seeing what caught my eye. Back home I review the shots always asking “is this about the colour or the shape?” the latter are turned into monochrome, the former are tweaked to enhance the important features – but I seldom do much post-processing.
The last couple of weeks I have been working hard on my first professional photographic assignment that came out of a chance conversation during our exhibition. I have spent several hours photographing a site and have put together a portfolio of 60 shots for the client to review. It was nerve wracking sending it off to them – I hope I got the brief right!
Below are a couple of the shots (all monochrome here but the portfolio is mainly colour) – can you guess where it is?!
I learnt a great deal from this shoot – it was a tricky location, very dark (as you can see) and my initial shots were not nearly good enough quality. My husband persuaded me to use a tripod (I am always quite anti gadgets and settings, I like my camera to be an extension of my eye, but that’s not always feasible!) – I returned to the venue armed with a very good tripod and took some of the best work I have ever done. (There’s a lesson there…..)
Mindfulness came into play here too, as ever, I wander a location and take it all in, and see what jumps out at me to be taken – what detail can I pick out? A shadow, a shape or a colour…. With this shoot I found I had to be even more mindful, to slow myself down from ‘snapping’ and really concentrate on getting the best available shot – and it paid off!