My photography tastes have changed gradually in my first four years. Perhaps, I'm becoming more aware of what I am after.
I began with the belief that all I wanted was great equipment and post-processing tricks. My equipment and the things that I could do on a computer were what I bragged about. There was no need to set myself apart from other photographers because I just wanted to be one of them. I was glued to Youtube and image feeds. From there, physical puzzles of time, light and space helped me engage with photography.
I wanted to understand my camera, the potential of its settings. I incorporated hdr, panoramic, long exposure. For a time the burden of a good photo was to demonstrate a challenge in execution. Routine practice, discipline became the path to perfecting my photography. Next, I accepted that there were choices that constituted compromises. The resulting imperfections became a part of what defined my work.
I am starting to believe that opportunity goes a long way in helping a photographer distinguish themselves. I can create opportunities by going to unusual places or maybe by going to normal places at strange times or in exceptional weather. I can't just invest in equipment; I have to invest in experiences. When travelling, I photograph day and night, rain or shine, because opportunities define us.
I began with a struggle to show off my work instead of my equipment. That shifted to a emphasis on technical skill and has progressed naturally to opportunity. I’ve got my next trip planned and I can’t wait to share it.