When you’ve exhausted just about every idea, tired of yelling at your similarly incarcerated family, got over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and bored friends and acquaintances with e-mails and text messages, it probably time to get lateral.
I’m also fed up with re-editing images chosen in Lightroom and imported as otherwise new RAW files into Capture 1. Not that I don’t enjoy revisiting and in some cases, making significant improvements. It’s because I see the Rockies, or the legendary dunes at Sossusvlei and just want to be there.
It’s also been a revelation; finding I can’t re-create and improve some images and I can’t help but wonder whether at least in my hands, Lightroom’s abilities have an upper limit – until now OK, but as I’m learning, it isn’t very good at making art.
That’s for another time. Right now, I want to pack my cameras, get up before the sun and go shoot some landscapes. Some views. Sunrises. Sunsets. Anything save the endless streets of London town.
Some months ago, On Landscape magazine (edition 177) featured a lengthy article on Graham Cook’s abstract photography, principally found textures. It made me think long and hard about the number of interesting scenes I pass daily, blithely ignoring all manner of photographic opportunities as I do.
Like most photographers, I’ve always been interested in the character of doors and street furniture, but with a somewhat more encouraged eye, I now try to look past the obvious. I stop my Brompton (bike) at an odd shadow, old hoardings, alleyways, broken garage doors, anything that might reveal a visual treat with just a little work.
And there you have it.
There are no rules, other than what I see and catches my attention. Post processing stops when I’ve had enough slidering, or curving. Brash colour and crunchy contrast? Love it. This isn’t about art, at least nothing you’d see in the National Gallery. This is the street and no matter how fed up I may be at the lockdown, I have found a distraction until I can get back out into the real thing.
One last thing; nothing is straight, square or symmetrically satisfying out there. Suck it up.
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