Photography for me is a passion, a pleasure. I just love images that are evocative, moving, imaginative, creative, exciting, that tell a story, that inspire me. However, I find that photography is not something that one can just put more time into and you will automatically start taking better photographs. I suppose the law of averages will dictate that the more you take the more likelihood you have of actually taking a good photograph will rise. But chances are it will be by accident. No, perspiration is not the path for me in photography. For sure you need to take more photographs to learn how to be able to take a technically good photograph, composition, exposure, lighting etc etc. Problem is I don’t think I have ever seen an image and said to myself “wow that photograph is technically perfect, it’s brilliant”, I just kind of take it for granted that it will be or should be of a high technical standard. That’s not to say that all good photographs have to be technically OK, I have seen many photographs which are bordering on embarrassingly bad technically but which have something in the subject which can still move me. So, perspiration is not the route to photographic brilliance.
The trick with photography is inspiration. Once youv’e got the technical side sussed the difficult bit is then being able to see the image or the potential for an image or have that buzz for an idea for an image. Once that inspiration kicks in that’s when photography takes hold for me, that’s when everything comes alive. That is when being a photographer allows me to take the time to really look at things around me to find that picture that I want.
Inspiration or perspiration? Inspiration every single time.