It’s been 11 years I have enjoyed since I took up photography after my trip to Nepal in 2008. I photographed everything and got the experience and know how before my “style” was identified.
I believe this has to happen organically because otherwise you will go mad trying to perfect every genre without success. My first experience of creative style came in the way of “The Journeyman” series that is now 10 years old and continuing. The idea of being somewhere grand and derelict alone fills me with a rather relaxed mellow mood. After realising that derelict buildings and grand staircases are in themselves creative backdrops I was winning in every sense.
The one thing I needed was natural light in order to get a shutter speed quick enough to freeze me still while I was on self timer. I would instinctively hunt large windows or smashed windows. To be honest any available shaft of light was used to its full potential. After a while I knew that it wouldn’t last and sometimes I would find the perfect composition only to be let down with the lack of light. I would then ramp the ISO upto 800 or 1200 knowing that my paintwork might suffer. This is 10 years ago so I realise that technology has moved on however, so has security on derelict buildings.
Fast forward 5 years to the thought of lights and actually lighting a person or environment. The idea scared me and I hated the prospect of learning something new.
I am by nature an obsessive beast and fast forward again another 5 years. I now have a studio, teach lighting and love the thought of lighting tricky situations. That itself made me think about the possibility of being more creative yet in control of the concepts.
Moving on things have happened where I now have a great close group of friends that I class as family. We plan and build elaborate sets out of any old junk and this in turn has brought me riches in attention.
Alas the big currency in photography seems to be exposure and that doesn’t pay bills! So with this in mind this obsessive man has come to another crossroads where choices have to be made.
You get nothing without sacrifice and work ethic so here we are in 2020 where I believe in myself and my friends. I hope to go on to get some more opportunities through reaching out to you and networking along with meeting more people.
It’s a tough trade to be in financially rewarded for your efforts by here I am attempting to kill it!