As a teenager I spent hours searching for photographs. I took shots of buildings, a park bench, and on one occasion the Cutty Sark at Greenwich. The school assignment was called ‘Figure and Letter Forms’. I took a photograph of my Dad’s shadow, who’d taken me there for a trip, arranged against the depth markings of the famous ship. My teacher liked it and gave me a Grade A. Looking back it was indeed a good photograph because such briefs, which I’ve set myself when teaching, are meant to test technical understanding. I made a creative interpretation which went further.

Most of the time however I was very dispirited. I couldn’t find any photographs such as I’d seen in library books of Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, and Kertesz. London was far better. I took candid street shots at Leicester Square: a shot of a young woman having her portrait drawn. Some years later, with a new camera and on holiday in Greece, I loved the feeling of finding good photographs relatively easily. Environment and location make a huge difference. I spent a long time taking photographs here at Maiden Moor in the Lake District. I now have a catalogue of pictures I can review and edit finding compositions I didn’t always see at the time. I once read some advice saying if you want to change your photography, change your camera. What he actually meant was change your way of seeing. Looking towards Robinson, Hindscarth, and Causey Pike.

 

Maiden Moor Composition

Wednesday February 25, 2015