One of the things I enjoy the most about capturing images of people is that there are an infinite amount of ways to do so. There are all types of people, as well as, all kind of styles to shoot with them. You can change the lighting, environment, or just the clothes they wear, and it can change everything in your shot.
Albert Einstein wrote, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I think there is an important lesson in those words, especially when it comes to choosing how to photograph people. I try and adjust my vision based on the look or style of the individuals I am shooting, rather than forcing them into my vision. I feel this is important to capturing the true nature of those you are shooting.
There is something calm and relaxing to the soul when you are out shooting a landscape. Sometimes it is the overwhelming sense of awe when you are staring at an amazing view the world has created before you, and sometimes it is just the time spent exploring, sitting and waiting for the right time of day/night to capture that perfect image.
While shooting people requires you to be quick, landscapes are the opposite, they make you sit and take in the beauty and patiently wait for the right time to capture your image. They say that if you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life, and I’ve yet to “work” on getting a landscape shot.
Architecture often goes unnoticed as being considered Art; however, nothing could be further from the truth. Architecture, modern, contemporary, and classic, are all derived from an artistic beauty, just in the form of a building or structure.
While most photographs are taken from a horizontal or eye-level view, architecture is most often captured from a different perspective. Leading lines and elegant curves enhance the beauty of the shot, and I often try and compose my shots from perspectives that create intrigue.
Urban photography to me is exciting. I think the look of concrete, the city lights, and all the unique places you can find in an urban environment are beautiful. When you start seeking out places like abandoned buildings, vacant streets, and other post-apocalyptic style places, it can really give a dramatic vibe to your shots.
I once had someone tell me that if I want my work to stand out from the others, I have to be willing to go where others aren’t. This resonated with me and changed how I plan my shoots. People are so fascinated with the “pretty” that places in their own backyard get overlooked. When you start layering in shots in the rain or at night, it just takes things to another level.
Still life is a genre of photography that includes product and food photography. It also requires a much more hands-on approach than other types of photography. There is an art to arranging objects in a manner in which is visually appealing or intriguing, and while photographers have more flexibility in shooting still life, there is also more detail that goes into this type of shoot.
No matter how much work it takes, I still love shooting still life photos. I enjoy the creation of the scene, choosing the look and feel of the photo, and putting it all together. After each shot, I always ask myself “how can I make it even better?”, this is where I start getting creative and trying out different things. Sometimes it works and it sometimes it fails, but I always learn a lesson from each experience.
“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” ― Ansel Adams
It is in our nature to explore, to go outside and search for something or nothing at all. There are times where I will go out and explore places I am familiar with, but I try to explore them from a different point of view, or at a different time of day. You see, the very act of exploring is to create something, it could be a memory or an experience, but exploring is creating.
Many of my photos are the result of going out and exploring different places, and just as many of my photos are the result of me exploring my own abilities, taking chances, and trying new things. If I simply walk out the door with a pre-determined destination and pre-determined skillset, I’ve explored nothing. You have to go out and explore and create, or better yet, you have to go Explore TO Create.