Contemplative, Creative, a bit adventurous digital images.
Creative photographs: turning the ordinary into something newly discovered. A calm oasis at the Zoo? Yes.
When I take photos, 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….because, I already have the photo if I really want to frame something!
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 hunt, 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 search around in each day at the 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 digital inventiveness is not only fun, but sparks more creativity later.
Sometimes pure black and white is quite revealing in ways color, is not.
Color, simply would have convoluted the message.
The mysteriousness and moodiness conveyed in images can be enhanced by my choice in using b/w or monochrome.
While hiking near the rainforests of The Olympic National Forest, Washington State I found a stunning waterfall. By angling the camera quite sharply at a vertical 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.