Explore the Artist within.

When was the last time that you really thought about an image before pressing the shutter.... ?

We live in an exciting world dominated by imagery from pro and amateur photographers and the smart phone and social media revolution which is now ingrained in our daily lives, today everyone is a photographer !. However at times we are in danger of suffering from image overload where so many great photographs are becoming lost in the noise and we start to lose the individual identity of an image and the artist. Creating an image that really stands out is becoming more and more difficult.

Many of us are doing the “I can do that as well’ thing by trying to match or maybe better someone else's creativity. This is natural and we have all done this at some stage, but where does being inspired by the work of others not simply become another act of copying. Developing an individual personal style is one of the biggest challenges we face as an artist.

Whilst technical skills are essential often this can be given too much emphasis and we may lose the emotion or spirit in an image, so understanding the balance between camera skills and image creation is essential for us as an individual.

One prime ethos of our Explore the Artist workshops is to slow down the capture process and give more value to the creative side of our photography, by doing this will we be able to produce work that is truly our own. By connecting with not only the subject but also our own thoughts and feelings will lead to a deeper appreciation of our own photography. Some of our workshops will involve leaving the bag of dslr toys in the car and using compacts, smart phones, and even 35mm, Holga 6x6cm and 5”x4” film, whatever photographic medium helps us explore our creative vision.

Small group and individual photography workshop sessions are an opportunity to get back to the basics of image capture at a much more personal level. Working individually and together we can explore what an image means to us and what we are attempting to represent in the landscape, buildings, people and the art nude. Having an experienced professional fine art photographer as a guide alongside a group of fellow creative individual will help to bring out ‘The Artist Within’

Consider your final image before committing to a composition.
Ask yourself “what do I really think about this image” and what reaction may it inspire in the viewer.
Capture fewer but better images.
Step outside of your comfort zone and use a different camera, maybe even dust off that old 35mm film sir ?

.. and finally try and dispense with the idea that you can take lots of variants and choose later, getting it right at the time of capture can add value to an image and its memory, that's something that working with film can enforce.