I thought that the aGathering “reset” was a good opportunity for me to think about why I make photographs. Some years ago I sat down in a fit of frustration as I was making no progress with my creative expression. Felt like a headless chook running in every direction achieving nothing. Feel familiar? Stop! yelled my frustrated organised self – there has to be a better way. So, like any good organised sort I asked myself – “If you could only photograph one thing, what would it be?” If I could think of that, then it had to be my top priority and focus – headless chook would grow a head and focus. My rebellious, disorganised gremlin took over immediately and said – “good try mate, you know that will not happen.” I immediately took a sword to that gremlin – the time had come to fix this aimless photography. As soon as I did that I was overwhelmed with the knowledge of what really makes my heart and soul sing – BEAUTY. I love beauty, it fills me up with the wonder of the world we live it, it fills me up with happiness when I surround myself with beautiful people and I feel positive and elated when i do beautiful things for others and myself. So, here we go – like a favourite colour or a favourite shape, beauty is a favourite subject. Not a sole focus but my primary focus when I do not have the time to do anything else.
The last two image are about reflection of the beauty in my life. The beautiful people and beautiful experiences I have had with them. Today’s posting is a great representation of the style I have generated as I focus on beauty. The whole landscape was beautiful and I could have made the classic grand statement with an image of the “grand landscape”. I chose not to, Why? Well because I stopped and thought about what was actually generating the very strong feeling this place and time created in my being. If I could identify the key elements of the landscape that generated my response that is all I wanted to photograph. In this instance I knew it was not the grand landscape but the hint of the landscape, the colour and cloud shapes and lines. That was MY world at that particular moment – one little singularity, not multiple layers like in the previous images, but the simplicity of the relationships between 3 elements. I love the result and I love that i took the time to feel and understand before I pushed the shutter. I welcome you into MY world.