It’s been a while since I’ve gone out for a walk with my camera with the simple aim of taking some images that I like. I used to do it all the time. For several years, I was a member of Blipfoto where one photo a day was shared with the community. So, every day I was out with my camera looking at the world. I gave up on Blipfoto when I realised I was taking photographs simply to publish them rather than because I actually wanted to take them. It became it chore. Since then, I’ve taken lots of photographs when I’ve been doing other things or on holiday but haven’t really focused on the photography itself.
But, yesterday evening, the light was beautiful and I was tempted out with my camera on a local walk on the very familiar Deeside Way. Instead of carrying lenses etc, I fitted one lens to the camera and went out with that – my aim was to ignore the technology as much as possible and to think about what I wanted to capture. Flowers and blossom, especially the yellowness of the broom were the overwhelming impression of my walk.
The kind of photography that I enjoy is naturalistic photographs of the world that I see as I walk around. I like the simplicity of black and white photographs) but am not keen on extensive image manipulation or posed shots of people or things. I don’t have any illusions about the originality of my photographs but I like to think that they communicate my way of looking at the world.
Instead of specialised photo sites, I’ve decided to simply publish the images on my blog as I take them and then create thematic collections at some later date. So, I hope this will be the first of a number of posts on getting my photographic mojo back.