Maybe you would think that this would be another post where the tutor would just talk about the rules of photography and how to follow or brake them. However is not. They say that the only way to stop time is to take a photo. The truth, however is that that photo needs to say something, right? Well, enough with that.
Let’s talk a bit about inspiration. What makes you push the shutter, what drives you to take a picture. And how come one succeeds to transform what we see daily in an awarded image? How come we simply ignore subjects that are in front of us? These are the questions that each of us has to answer for him/herself.
I will talk about one of the days that I didn’t schedule a photo shot, however I managed to create the two photos below.
A few weeks ago my friend, Roxana put up a birthday surprise for our friend Simona. All day long she (the birthday girl) had to go along the city and find her presents (as a treasure hunt). In the evening we arrived home and besides us few other friends of theirs. Among them another girl, also named Simona, a girl that if you would pay attention at, would inspire you from all points of view. She is full of life, extremely expressive and she has freckles. I am in love with girls with freckles (don’t get me wrong, in love as a photographer can be :). Even though I barely knew her name (I am bad with names at first sight) I asked her if she would agree to pose for me. I tried different angles which took me to the point where I will tell you this: when you want to convey something that is not clear to you try to take a step back, look up, down and then around you.
So long story short I saw the window and immediately I thought about my series that I am working on which conveys feelings, moods and expressions behind the window. The weather and light were perfect… and she… was amazing. From time to time during our short photo session I would show her what I’ve done. She was pleased but I was in heaven with the pictures I took. They were amazing, she was marvelous.
So, there you go, let yourself inspired by new people that come into your life, by the nature, the weather or any small thing that surrounds you. Try and try and then try some more. It doesn’t have to be perfect, some photo shoots will feel extremely horrible, but then try again and learn from your mistakes. Go home, analyze your pictures and see what you have done right and wrong. Maybe you were not communicating enough with your subject in order for her to become the character of your story, maybe in all the rush you were ignoring the background or foreground or you just didn’t use well the light. Next time it will be better, we grow by learning from our and others` mistakes, more from ours because we remember them.
As we pass by life most of us forget to open our eyes and see. Since I put my hand on a camera, I started to see the world in a different way, a way that I couldn’t describe in words. Photography is more than technique and composition. Photography “speaks” through light and shadows about emotions, moments, inner feelings, life style, cultures and customs. It speaks about life, and this is what I love and want to express through my images.