Nature | still life | macro photographer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
“Photography for me is not about looking—it’s about feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”—Don McCullin
Photography is my “happy place”—somewhere I can go to relax and tune into my creative side.
People tend to think photography is just ‘pressing a button’ on a fancy camera and voilà–the camera does all the work! But it’s much more than that. Photography involves lots of preparation. You can have the best camera in all the world, but if you haven’t learnt colour theory, lighting, composition, editing skills, posing skills, etc., you will most likely end up with plain ordinary ‘snapshots’.
“You don’t take a photography, you make a photograph.”–Ansel Adams
The art of photography doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years of learning. Most photographers will tell you, there is no end to learning and I agree 100%.
When I’m not practising photography, I enjoy reading. My love for books tends to spill over into another hobby, i.e. writing motivational articles. These can be found on my other website: Eating Elephants. Please feel free to stop by if you get a moment.
Favourite photography genres
- Still life
Favourite art / photography style
I’m a big fan of the famous artist, Rembrandt whose chiaroscuro-style art really resonates with me. I love his use of colour, light, shadows and deep contrast and have a tendency to be drawn to such when it comes to photography as well.
One of my favourite photographers is world-renowned artist, Meg Loeks who is a master of chiaroscuro-style photography. She’s an amazing photographer/tutor. Check out her website in the link above if you get a spare moment.