Kevin Skinner

Joined September 2008

I would not exactly call myself a Photographer, I just happen to love my surroundings and share what I see. Had that unexpected...

It's About Me, Me, Me............

I recently visited the Isle Of Raasay to just spend some time to think things through about my photography, life, the Universe and everything. As this is about Photography, I’ll just keep it to that (I’m sure you don’t want to hear about my woes about turning 50 and my struggles with my place in the universe and all that Blah-blah).

Whilst sitting in my car waiting for the latest shower to pass, I was thinking about my goals for my photography and, particularly, the “Enjoy the moments” bit. It was a that point I realised that, essentially, this had never left me – maybe a little masked by the fog of everyday’s pressure of life but it was still there glimmering through.

It was then it struck me and I had to make my way down to the local cafe at Raasay House to write it down while it was fresh in my leaky head (another problem with turning 50 but won’t go there).

So what was this epiphany? This monumental shift in thinking? This ray of light? what was this light bulb moment? Well……..

It’s all about Me, Me, Me.

I know, I know, this sounds quite selfish, doesn’t it? Very self-centred if I had heard anyone else say it.

However, this is exactly what “Enjoy the moments” means. It is how I feel about the Land. It is how I see things in the land. It is my emotional connection with the Land. It is about this that draws me to point the lens and press that shutter to be able to share all of this with you, the viewer.

Do I really care about what folk think about my work? I will not lie, it used to but, nowadays, not really anymore. It’s my moment; I was there seeing the scene play out in front of me. I can still see, feel, taste, smell and hear that moment which took me firing off that shutter. I can do that with virtually every image that i have taken! It is these moments that I share because I choose to.

Those who view these moments can choose to be inspired, to like, to hate, to swipe to the next one, to pick fault, to copy, to steal, to smile, to admire………..whatever. It is something that I cannot control when I send my wee images out there other than to select those that have passed my incredibly critical eye :-)

Profoundly, to take an image to please other folk is, for me (there it is again), a betrayal to the scene I chose to capture, to myself and the moment. Before anyone goes off on one, you have to realise my motivation in photography. I don’t do this getting up at stupid o’clock in the morning and travels far’n’wide for money – the reward is being there, feeling that moment, being faced with such beauty in all it’s guises, and to have that memento that floods the senses again and again every time I look at an image is more reward enough. It repays me far more than I can ever put into it.

I’m sure that if I had to rely on photography to pay the bills, my motivation would be vastly different. I admire those who take that step to craft a living out of photography, but it is something I’m not sure I could do.

I tell myself it is more noble and romantic that I do this photography thing for the love of it – asking for no reward and wearing it like a badge of honour. At the end of the day, it’s about Me, Me, Me.

Any thoughts?

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