Ahh, first post — I’m feeling a bit nervous. How about you? Of course not. You’re just bored because I’m not getting on with my point. Well, this is my first time, so you’ll have to forgive me for being so evasive. Let’s get started.
I love photography. Many people don’t consider it an art, but undoubtedly, there is some magic in capturing a moment of time in two dimensions, frozen forever. This moment of time can be either altered to make something more magical, it can stand on its own to tell a story, or it can even be used alongside a story to make the viewer think a bit. Sometimes the photographer just wants you, the viewer, to think, “What if this could happen,” or “What would people think if they had ever seen such a thing?”
So I’ve not stated outright what this is about. This is about testing your abilities, even if doing so means using styles that don’t feel like you. The following images are works that I have done that I can hardly stand — but they are still popular with viewers.
Yes, I love photography, but honestly, some people don’t see eye-to-eye with me on what is aesthetic, what is beautiful. The work featured above is my own, and I don’t even like it, to tell you the truth. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures all over the web, usually on some kid’s MySpace, of creepy and rainbowrific eyes. Well, this was an attempt at that. I despise this effect, truly. However, my goal was simply to test my abilities, and I did — and people loved it. This has received much praise on Flickr and even won me a contest on Flickr’s official Picnik group.
My very best friend, Bijou, seen in a style I don’t really consider my own. This one isn’t nearly as popular as the previous image, but it has received positive feedback. Sadly, it seems to me that my favorite works are not nearly as renowned as the ones I scarcely like.
Now, I despise most any form of nature photography (no offense to those of you who specialize in it — I just don’t like it because I’m not particularly good at it, so you should keep rocking those flower shots)! Due to my lack of a computer for the past year or two, I had set down my camera and hardly made any effort to take pictures, but hey, that’s alright — I’m back in the game now. Anyway, I do somewhat like the overall composition, but this is still out of my comfort zone. That’s okay.
I’m sorry that I’m so amateur at this, and I’m sorry that I haven’t posted more pictures (mainly because I don’t want to bore you). Overall, my goal is just to shed a little light. If you’re feeling in a slump because you haven’t done much photography, or any art, lately, or perhaps you’re just picking up the camera and you’re unsure of where to start, I highly recommend you do something you’re uncomfortable with. Aside from giving you a little practice on something new, it also gives your viewers something a little unexpected, which is almost always a breath of fresh air. If anything, you should try something new just to see what feedback you get — perhaps your subtle vignetting is something you despise, but your viewers say you execute it well, or maybe you don’t realize just how well that mild HDR accentuates your subject, but your viewers see it.