It has now been one year since I started to take photography seriously. Only now is it beginning to make sense to me. It has been quite overwhelming trying to understand all of the technical terms and their relationship to one another. As a student in the craft of magic, I now know how some of my students must feel in their efforts to bring to life one moment of magic in a performance.
So, on my journey as a student, I have discovered some very interesting things about taking great photographs. Firstly, a great shot begins in the mind. When I am out and about, even if I don't have my camera, I am asking myself, what is great about this scene?,
What is the subject?
What is the context?
These questions force me to consider why I care. If don't feel the emotion in the situation, I will not shoot it.
This relates to how I create magic for my audience, I am always asking one very important question as a magician, why should the audience care?
This question is very powerful because it forces me to think in terms of the end goal, whether its a magic trick or a great photograph.
The camera has become my tool to tell a story, just like a deck of cards in my back pocket. The imagination, the script, the audiences intellect and heart brings the conversation to life. In photography, I am learning to tell a story through emotional imagery; images that captures the essence of the human condition - the genius and the madness and our humanity.
It is a great privilege to have two passions in my life in which I get to expand my self-expression in the world and in return have the world share its joy with me.
Until the next
Magician, Lecturer, Speaker.