Having had some time to think recently due to an illness I took at look at various aspects of my life and why I do certain things. Photography initially for me was a means to get out and about as I spent the majority of the week stuck behind a desk in doors and then spent evenings and weekends in front of the tv. Once I got a camera and starting taking pictures I discovered that I really enjoyed it and wanted to do more. I joined a college class that taught me the theory of photography and the camera including the techy bits, this got me away from auto mode. At college I was encouraged to join a camera club and I found GNPC and joined it, this initially gave me some social interaction away from work and support and encouragement to improve. Over the years at the Club my photography has improved significantly from only taking wildlife images to moving to other areas of photography including portraits, macro, landscapes and street.
Without the club I wouldn’t be able to have transformed this
Man at St Pauls – unedited (a possible delete on sight image)
Man at St Pauls – edited version
You get out what you put in and I have been really lucky to have gained some valuable, sometimes initially not welcome, advice and critique. For me, whilst like most, I love to here what a great image I have taken, what really has improved my eye is the “Edwards” review the honest this is how it is critique. It’s easy to get offended but take a deep breathe and often if you’re honest with yourself the person that provides a truly honest critique is right. We have several members in the club that are good at this but there is no reason why we can’t all be like it.
For me photography continues to be a journey where sometimes you take the right route and sometimes you don’t. I want to be the best photographer that I can be and find a niche that is my own. For me to do this i need to be pushed out of my comfort zone, I need to surround myself with like minded artists, I want to listen to the stories of professionals, I want others that have skills I don’t to share and to share what knowledge I have, I want to visit exhibitions and constantly look at photographs from a range of sources, and most of all I need to practice, practice, practice. I feel that the club has the ability and opportunity to provide all of this.
What I would like to know is what inspires you about photography, what do you want to get from your photography and how can the club help you to achieve this. There is no right or wrong answer, I know that some will be happy where they are and that’s ok, so please join in.