I had this photo in mind all week. The flower, the textures … all of it. And as I sat down last night and opened the original image, I settled in and smiled with the thought of the process ahead.
Style. Do you have one? I’m still not sure that I do, although I’m told this is the case. In life, my interests are wide and varied. Ask me to pin down a "favorite" anything and I’ll be hard-pressed to give you an answer. The same holds true when I pick up my camera. Everything catches my eye, everything is open for interpretation. But I’ve come to realize that I am most happy when I do something like what you see above – taking an ordinary photo and turning it into something else, something different. Before I even pick up my camera, I have the finished piece in my mind and off I’ll go on a hunt to gather what I’m after, what I already see.
From there, the entire creative process is, quite simply, food for my soul.
A few years back, I waged an inner battle with myself regarding the whole post-processing debate. Purists argue the merits of an untouched photo (and that in itself is a whole other blog post – in this day and age, what constitutes an untouched photo? I think I’d rather hunt for unicorns) and look down their noses at the slightest hint of processing in any form. I’ve been criticized more than a few times in the way I choose to present a final shot, my processing style. I’ve heard "sure, that’s gorgeous, but I’d like to see you take a normal photograph". Seriously. And at the time, words like that swayed my judgement and made me question every shot I took, every shot I shared. Sure, you can tell yourself that a comment like that stems from an ignorance of the craft (you honestly can’t fix a bad photograph, no matter what you do to it – bad is just bad) but what the hell, I’m human. And it was hard not to take such comments to heart.
These days? I really could give a shit :)
Style. I love photographing just about everything – people, places, landscapes, sunsets … everything. And then I love to take that photograph and make it something more. So I suppose, in the end, my style is in the process. I love the process. I love the creativity that begins as soon as I aim my lens in your direction, right through until the point I sign my name on the finished photograph.
And if that’s not your thing? I’m okay with that :)
*textures from the fabulous Kim Klassen - mouse-over the photo to see before and after
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