Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Limitations

I don't know if it's right to call it limitations, but I realised something about my photography recently, as I participated in my first exhibition. (My part consisted of two pictures tucked away in a corner.)

When I looked around, I saw that most pieces in the room were quite abstract in form. In comparison my pictures were looking out-of-place. I have often had difficulties making abstract photographs; I believe this is because I have spent a lot of time trying to represent abstract ideas in a concrete way, so as to clearly convey a message. This has left me without any real mental path to abstract imagery.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Creation

Creation is never an easy thing. Especially if you spend time or follow the activities of other creative people, it's too easy to fall into the comparison-trap, where you start looking at the results from people you see as more creative or more active than you are.

Lately I feel like I have been in a creative slump, where I have produced nearly nothing of any real weight. There is a creative exhibition coming up next week and all I could offer were images that I took long ago. (Well, one of them was at least taken this year, so that's alright I guess.) As the saying goes, you're only as good as your last picture. It's way too easy to start thinking that you're at the bottom of the pile, the last in the race, because you only look at the ones at the top. Remember that for every person you are looking at thinking they are better than you, there could be a person looking at you, thinking the same thing.

So I started thinking about creation, and what advice I would give to others just starting out. My first advice would be to realize you are one day going to die. You don't know where, you don't know when, and when that day comes, what you have made is all that remains of you in the world.

Step two:

Friday, May 06, 2016

Fuji, again

If I have said it before, it bears repeating: the Fuji X-E1 is a really good camera. It's not a camera for every situation and it has its quirks, but shooting Fuji X with the 35mm f/1.4 is, to me, the closest thing to film you can get with digital.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A bad idea

Ever had one of those moments where you know something is a way too large undertaking, but you decide to do it anyway? That is how I feel about doing video. For the longest time I was telling myself not to get involved in it, out of obvious reasons. Video is exponentially more difficult than photography: you have ~30 frames per second, where before you had one; you now have sound to think about, unless you do it completely silent; lighting for video is a completely different beasts, as speedlights do nothing; there are ridiculous amounts of data unless you shoot everything compressed (and coming from shooting RAW, that would feel like a serious step down).

So what to do? Down the rabbit hole head first? Might as well...