A little over a year ago, my work situation looked pretty stagnant. I dreamed of a space of my own and a place to peacefully engage my creativity. Our home, and consequently, my home studio situation was not great. Living in a busy town home development with noise all around me, I felt my creativity withering away from the barrage of space demands, noisy interruptions and the endless pressures of a busy city life. A change of perspective and a holiday galvanised me to embrace a change for the better.
I have recently completed the self-publishing of my first book, entitled Authentic Creativity - How to Make the Most of Your Creative Intent, Strategy and Perspective. It has occupied the majority of my time over the past year and been a labor of love with many learning curves. I am proud and terrified all at the same time! It gives me great pleasure to bring it to my fellow visual artists and those interested in the visual arts as a work, or casual pursuit.
It's hard for me to imagine my life without photography in it. I have been taking photographs for as long as I can remember. It's in my blood. I look at the world through the lens so much that even when I don't have my camera with me, I'm still framing shots and seeing colours and textures everywhere. Subject matter is all around me and I become lost in the process of imagining how a scene would look as a finished photograph.
It seems that everyone that is half serious about photography these days has access to and is using with great frequency a collection of filter plugins or the Adobe Lightroom adjustment tools to edit and manipulate their images. I am no different, but it seems that the more I look at the digital photography that people are posting to Facebook photo groups, 500px, and so on, the more I'm seeing over processed photos. What I'm talking about is photography that has been put through strong manipulation and comes out the other side very unlike how it started.