Usually, I like to look at things differently. Not in a shocking sense, just differently. The art I like best, be it music or painting or photography, should give me an emotional response. I want to feel the moment and not think about it. I like my photography to be viewed and experienced the same way. (Most of the time, but not always.)
My photographic interests lean towards black & white and night images. I like the moody nature of “dark” where things aren’t always what they seem. But I also like colours, particularly when they are strong.
My landscape images often have a degree of surrealness to them. I recall what I was feeling at the point of capture and then creatively apply this to the image. I might have felt whimsical. Or sad. Sometimes I want to say something. Quite often, it’s a feeling of awe and a sense of amazement.
When I shoot, I know the initial photograph is just the starting point. I usually have an idea of what I want as a final product but sometimes working on a photo yields new thoughts. From experience, I know that a lot of the magic occurs during this editing.
I’m interested in quite a range of subjects. The galleries are a mix of these. What a viewer may notice is the few shots with people or animals as subjects. It’s not that I don’t have pictures of critters in my collection, it’s just a matter of sussing them out. With people, particularly in portraiture, there’s often a high degree of intimacy in the capture and editing of the photo. The photographer has to be comfortable working in this realm. You’ve likely heard that the eyes are a path to a person’s soul. As a photographer, when shooting everyday people, I believe this. Since it’s the eyes–tied in with their expression–that can make or break a great photograph, I need to work at capturing the essence of the person I see through my lens. A work in progress.