A Little Background.
My love of photography is not just about taking photographs, it’s the whole process. Let’s forget digital for a while and think about photography as I got to love it; the darkroom side has always fascinated me so taking pictures, processing the films, printing, mounting, through to putting it in a frame and hanging it on the wall... That’s what I enjoy. To me, that’s what photographers and artists do. I’m not one of the old-school who thinks that like "talking in motion pictures", digital photography will never catch on. Digital is just another modern element of making photographs and I confess to working with whatever suits.
I love looking at photographs, and not just mine; I’ll look at anyone’s. How and why they took the image is for me to find out. If it’s not immediately obvious I’ll move on to the next and come back to it. I’ll never dismiss an image out-of-hand regardless of my initial gut feeling. In time I’ll work it out and anyway, taste and judgement change. Photographs I didn’t like or understand, I may later get to appreciate with the passing of time.
I have many photographers I admire but no favourite; I’ve no preferred genre and have over the years dabbled in many different types of photography. I find it curious when an artist/photographer finds a style that works for whatever reason, and it’s then repeated to the point of tedious repetition. (If one is lucky enough, I guess it pays the mortgage.) Perhaps I shouldn't be too hasty in knocking tedious repetition?
I've been taking photographs for over 37 years and if I've learnt anything it's that there are two types of photographic artist: Very rich ones and very poor ones. Disappointingly, 99% of the time I come in the 99% of very poor ones... However, I consider myself better off than most in that I love what I do.