Contemplative, Creative, Content driven photographs.
Creative photographs: turning the ordinary into something newly discovered.
When I take photos, most often it’s to fill the creative well.
Sometimes, to serve as springboards to my painting processes.
I don’t actually use them to duplicate from….I already have the photo!
My creative processes and thoughts that I go through to produce an image are: my own unique footprint.
My own voice and interpretation.
It’s my creative process, and what works for me….. won’t for all people.We’re all different.
And, as I’ve mentioned many times, these aren’t concrete ‘rules’ … but, more in the line of “Generally Speaking.”
There will always be an Exception. That, is Life.
Ideally, I try to frame the chosen focal point so its off centre. Normally, I do not want the focal point to be in the centre of the photo; nor do I want the photo divided half and half. i.e. half is sky and half is land. Its generally better if I use a 1/3 and 2/3 ratio.
Discovering My Subject
Next, is discovering innovative ways to See a subject to create an intriguing and unusual design. I look to hunt out and find interesting things and ways to photograph them.
I might try turning camera vertical to take the shot; or lay down on the ground & snapping closeups; or looking UP into the tree canopy; taking photos of office equipment or tools; or tilting the camera at a diagonal; or compose a still life of my favorite old saddles, books & heirlooms.
In other words, I really start to look around each day at ordinary items for intriguing light and shade, patterns, colours that may be found in them.
By using my camera often to ‘crop’ out clutter, I actually train my own eye to Simplify out the unnecessary shapes. Which is Great for artists!!
Sometimes, stark black and white can be quite revealing.
The mysteriousness and moodiness conveyed in the images has been enhanced by my choice in using b/w.
Often, I zoom in looking at my feet and make marvellous discoveries – from cracked rough hewn wood, to torrents of frothing water…. I love looking closer.
Contemplative art and photography is a wonderful approach to my art journey that I’ve discovered.
While hiking near the rainforests of The Olympic National Forest, Washington State I happened to come across a stunning waterfall. By angling the camera quite sharply and vertically I got this inspiring shot.
I deliberately created the angle, to hint at a Child’s eye view upwards.
In the common and often overlooked, there is magic to be discovered.
I just have to search and hunt to see them.