Application

It was time to go out and shoot with my 'faulty' camera and apply what I was talking about in my last blog post. I was curious to test how well I know it and if I would be able to get what I want from the camera. After all it is a tool to use. To be honest I found it quite relaxing not to be able to check the photo after taking it but only depend on what I know which turned out to be quite a lot.  Furthermore, I didn't take as many photos as I would have done if the LCD screen worked because I was far more careful to look at the motif through the camera lens and actually see whether it was worth a photo or not. Sure, I have done a bit of post production on some of the photos in order to achieve the idea I had when I took them. 

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Shooting Tethered

The setup for the Miss Haversham's Tulip photo you can see below. My phone 'saw' much more light than there was  in reality, I often shoot in a twilight with low ISO because I love how the light is drawn to the objects I photograph even if I can't see it myself. 

The setup for the Miss Haversham's Tulip photo you can see below. My phone 'saw' much more light than there was  in reality, I often shoot in a twilight with low ISO because I love how the light is drawn to the objects I photograph even if I can't see it myself. 

I have been forced to shoot tethered since the LCD screen on my camera stopped to work in November and since I mostly shoot still lifes it works very well, there are many advantages of doing it, one of them is ending up with far less photos as I'm more careful of the composition and don't need to redo it. At this point I'm not even sure I would stop using it in the case I ever get the camera repaired; until today I always had the intention on doing it but then I started thinking about why I would have to do it and decided to let it wait. I really enjoy taking photo walks with my camera now and then (well to be honest I haven't really been doing any for quite some time because I felt the need to start looking at the world around me without the camera between me and it) and until today I thought that I would have to do that with my old one but then I realized that using it without the screen is just like it was when I used my old analogue Yashica. I'm looking forward to shoot with that kind of uncertainty again, for good and for bad.

Honorable Mentions

Two new Honorable Mentions, this time in the Fine Arts category of the ND Awards! One each for the series ‘Perish the thought, photos on decomposition’ and ‘Perceptions’. For most of the time I have personal projects going on, either I’m shooting them or I’m at the thinking stage because I spend a lot of time preparing each photo in a new series, that stage usually takes much longer than the actual shooting because I want the thoughts behind the photos to be coherent and I plan how each photo will look like although that they look like that is quite rare so let’s call it a vision, I work on a vision of the photos and the final series. I have recently finished shooting a series of photos called The Neruda Project and I’m now at the thinking and planning stage for a new one. I’m usually happy with a finished series but it only takes a few days and I start seeing the faults I made and I feel a certain dissatisfaction with my work. So it’s always onwards towards that elusive goal of being a better photographer. 

Time to separate

Maybe some will think this is an unnecessary separation, that this website is useless but I have reached a point where I need to separate what I do to earn my living from what I do as an artist. Working as a food photographer is a wonderful thing, I'm very happy to be able to earn my living by doing something I love but on a more creative level it isn't enough anymore. I need the challenge of expressing myself artistically, in projects that need thinking and feelings, series of photos that work together and alone and that are not only pretty images but that moves something in not only me but in others as well. So yes, it is time to separate my passion in two, here I will only keep my artistic endeavours and on my portfolio site, I will post the rest of my photography. And here I will blog about what inspires me and what I do here. 

Maybe some will think this is an unnecessary separation, that this website is useless but I have reached a point where I need to separate what I do to earn my living from what I do as an artist. Working as a food photographer is a wonderful thing, I'm very happy to be able to earn my living by doing something I love but on a more creative level it isn't enough anymore. I need the challenge of expressing myself artistically, in projects that need thinking and feelings, series of photos that work together and alone and that are not only pretty images but that moves something in not only me but in others as well. So yes, it is time to separate my passion in two, here I will only keep my artistic endeavours and on my portfolio site, I will post the rest of my photography. And here I will blog about what inspires me and what I do here.