My journey into photography began in 2017 after leaving my previous career as a scientific author and researcher behind me. I needed something to replace this; something to occupy my mind once more, because my mind is not at all good at switching off. It needs a focus, a problem to decipher, and an end result to reward itself. I was drawn to photography because of the concept of scientific input and artistic output. I'd never really combined the two before.
Unlike science, in which the thesis is based entirely on facts, art is almost entirely subjective with countless rules and guidelines that are there to be broken or ignored whenever the artist pleases. The way I look at it is everyone's opinion, approach and style is valid if it works for them, because any given photograph need only serve the vision of its creator, and not necessarily that of the observer. You can never please everyone (nor should you try), but you can always (and should) please yourself. My end goal is always to create an image that is my own perception of the subject. A good photo may be regarded as one that is well composed and exposed, and visually pleasing. I don't consider my own photos to be a success until they begin to trigger all the senses. I want to be able to smell the sea, hear the waves, and feel the wind. This is what I set out to achieve with every photograph I carry forward through the development stage. It receives love, care and attention for however long it needs to satisfy my mind's eye (not just my physical eyes).
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"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed"