Random Photography and slowing things down
Sometimes turning over the creative engine involves just grabbing my camera and walking. I find that having no artificial constraints can often cause my inventive faculties to rise to the challenge, overcome that stress, and get going. Sometimes it’s the best way to learn and the best release of creative expression just to do it.
From reading and being part of some amazing online forums, I see the questions, “how do you guys motivate yourself to photograph? , or what do you photograph?”. There is no easy answer to these questions; the complicated part is really just that, stop complicating it. You don’t always need a plan, a destination or an outcome. Just grab the camera and walk, there is always an image to be created, and 9 times out of 10 an idea presents itself in the strangest of places and the strangest of subjects.
Just like a gymnast needs to constantly train their super athletic bodies, Photographers need to train their eye, challenge their creativity and empower their vision. How many times do you see something you would love to photograph and tell someone about what you see, for them to say wow, I never even paid attention to that!, or how did you even notice that?.
There is absolute no doubt that by having my photography brain on always, that I see beauty everywhere, even in decay, yes there is beauty in decay, of course there is.
Experiment, play with all your cameras settings, go through everything, then have another look, see if a different angle is all that you require to make the ordinary, extraordinary. Last year I got awfully hung up on what style of photographer I was, was I a street photographer, and urban photographer, a portrait or wedding photographer? I came to the conclusion that I was just simply a photographer, because I want to photograph everything, from eyelashes, to architecture, to random people on the street.
The most important lesson I learned was to slow down, SLOW DOWN. I used to hear fellow professionals say this all the time, and after all my years in this field, only last year did it actually make sense, I don’t know why!, maybe I only heard and never listened. But it’s probably the most important aspect of photography I have ever learned, So if you take anything from this blog take this advice “SLOW DOWN” there is no hurry, there isn’t (unless you have a paid project, where time is money, even then it’s best probably to slow it down also) SLOW DOWN.
Ever since I adopted the randomness ethos to my creative flow, I make far better images, I have zero pressure to slot into a style, or to please anyone but myself, of course if someone likes my created images it’s a total bonus, and equally if another creative eye offers constructive input into one of my images to make me see something my eye never then wonderful also.
Please enjoy my random gallery, and also please feel free not to enjoy it, how random!!
Mark Mutch O’Hare