I’m really struggling at the moment…with this whole Photography thing…Let me explain if I may.
A very close friend of mine…slightly Neanderthal..but we all have our cross to bear…or was he from the Netherlands !!..I always get them mixed up, said to me after viewing some of my early shots and processing..“But it isn’t real” !!. Now believe it or not, that statement has haunted me for the last year as I shoot and process each image, I can feel him looking over my shoulder as I slide the vibrance up juuust a bit more " it isn’t real you know…it’s not what you see when you take the shot". The trouble is he is right…it isn’t real…really, similar but not real…an interpretation…artistic impression !!..etc etc etc.
So…How do I lose this demon in my head…how do you get to that point where you feel comfortable putting your own slant on the world…contributing your little piece of art to the plethora of imagination out there !!!..
Another friend..Perhaps I should stop calling them friends !!. Said to me…The trouble with you Jonathan is all you shoot is the ocean and rocks and sunsets…gets a bit boring !!.Once again..probably an element of truth in there somewhere but my issue is…I love the ocean, our WA coastline and I love the evening light.. So I drove for miles the other night looking for inspiration and got very very annoyed…you see…I just don’t get inspired by architecture, it is my job but not my hobby. I don’t get inspired by portraits or birds or flowers or cars etc etc, don’t get me wrong, everthing is beautiful in it’s own way…BUT…..The ocean is me, the evening light is me…Am I wrong just to photograph what I love…who I am !!!..
I could really use a second opinion on how you deal with these kind of questions…if you have ever been in a similar situation..!!
Anyway…back to the shot…drove for hours and found water ..:o), waited for late afternoon and then all was good…the world was again in sync and my demons were silenced…until I began processing !!! AAAARRRGGHHH !!.
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