It’s really important to me to continue to grow creatively. I believe it helps me make better images for my clients when I take the time to work on making images for myself. One of the things I’ve challenged myself with this year is doing personal projects. You would laugh but I actually have a list on my computer of personal projects I haven’t gotten too. I think the issue is that there is always ‘something else’ going on. But we forget how important it is to do what we love, and learn and grow in the way God created us to thrive. It gets a little tricky though when it’s hard to find the time for an hour or two away, much less days to have real equipment and a plan! 😉 This is one of the reasons I’ve come to enjoy Instagram so much. I follow a number of incredible photographers that on a daily basis are putting fresh ideas and images out there for others to draw inspiration from. It’s also an encouraging community for me to the post the images I’m making. Especially with so many new places to explore here in south Florida. The most amazing thing for me, is that my cell phone has become the ‘camera’ for 90% of the personal things I’m doing. It’s wonderful because I might not have time to grab a full bag, but I always have my phone. So seeing something and creating from it becomes something that is really doable even when I wasn’t planning on it. As neat as I think that is, there are always days where I feel like having my phone camera as a go to is not making ‘real’ images… I came across an article by Ken Rockwell (who does some amazing photography equipment reviews if you’re unfamiliar with him) it was called “your camera doesn’t matter”. Considering this article was on a camera equipment review site, that seemed rather odd and definitely got my attention. Here is an excerpt;
“Buying a Bösendorfer doesn’t mean you can play the piano. Buying a great camera doesn’t mean you can create compelling photographs.Good pianists can play on anything and a good photographer can make great images with a disposable camera. Cameras don’t take pictures, photographers do. Cameras are just another artist’s tool.”
His article was an encouraging and humor filled read to say the least. But it was also a good reminder, as a photographer, there is always one more lens you need. Don’t get me wrong, I still need a lot of new lenses! But working with what you have to create the image you can see in your mind is part of what it means to create. I loved this story that Ken added;
“The camera’s only job is to get out of the way of making photographs. Ernst Haas commented on this in a workshop in 1985: Two ladies from Nova Scotia had made a huge effort to be there and were great Leica fans, worked in a camera store, saved to have them and held Ernst on high for being a Leica user (although he used Nikons on his Marlboro shoots, when the chips were down). About four days into the workshop, he finally maxed out on the Leica adoration these kids displayed, and in the midst of a discussion, when one of them asked one more question aimed at establishing the superiority of Wetzlar, Ernst said, ‘Leica, schmeica. The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.’”
Thanks to all those wonderful clients who allow me to ‘see’ their memories, special moments, and once in a lifetime events. Here is a collection of a images that were created and edited on my HTC One camera phone for no other reason than to create.