What do you do on holiday for relaxation? Are you an active type, climbing hills, trekking across town or visiting the sights, or do you prefer to laze on a beach, rejuvenate in a spa or sit down with a cool drink and a good book? As a full time professional photographer, on holiday I like to …. create photographs. There’s a time and a place of course. I’m a great believer of being in the moment, experiencing something without gadgets or looking through a viewfinder. For our recent holiday in Cornwall I used my cameraphone for a few record photo of what we were up to and to pop up an occasional shot on Instagram. The aim of a family holiday is just that; time with the family, reconnecting after the busyness of life, having fun together. You can either be an observer, or a participant. The ‘real’ camera was left in the house most of the time and only taken out for two dedicated evenings of photographing landscapes, well, seascapes really. Creating a series of 30 second exposures to show time passing within a frame really gives you time & space to appreciate a place and all the small subtle details about it. The crashing waves, the swaying flowers, the tang of the salt in the air, it all gets distilled into the final image.
Other times you see a moment, reach quickly for your camera(phone) to capture it, then it’s gone. Passing moments, preserved. Memories of a day together, a snapshot in time.
If I won the lottery (unlikely as I don’t play it 😉 I’d still photograph people and places. There’s just something about observing a person or place carefully and compassionately that creates an understanding, an appreciation of them. A photo, well crafted , can capture more than a moment; it can show a deeper truth, or at least show the viewer a glimpse of the way the creator sees it. A photo can be both disposable and indispensable; it all depends on the subject and the meaning to the viewer. Personally, I seek out beauty, joy, a sense of place & time, a glimpse of truth and seek to share them. Sometimes it even connects. That’s the power of a simple photo.