Week 25 | 2012

I alluded to the term “shutter therapy” last week and its reinforced on me everyday I shoot. Its almost like a magical elixir which cures you of what can sometimes be a a busy lifestyle. Via photography I loose myself in the moment and the minutes and sometimes hours seem to last forever. Its most definitely my magic pill.
Sympathy For The Devil

Olympus EPL1, Panasonic 20mm 1.7


Earlier this week I published a quote from the great Dave duChemin which says,

If the world around you isn’t inspiring you, perhaps it’s time to get closer. Much, much closer. You’ll find light, lines, and moments there that you’ve never seen before.

Dave duChemin

I find this quote to be so alive and true to the kind of photography I’m enjoying lately. Getting close but not necessarily, in the traditional sense of street photography, hunting down your subjects and letting the shutter do its thing, no, not that type at all, but the more intimate compositions which can be just about anywhere your eye turns to.
Olympus EPL1, Panasonic 20mm 1.7

This type of photography just opens up a brand new world, a world which know no limits but only those imposed by your own imaginations. It feels great!

Olympus EPL1, Panasonic 20mm 1.7
It also dawned on me that I’m at week 25 and that’s almost the half way point of the year and yet I still have my own doubts, some self imposed, some acquired, but at times I feel free and liberated to point my lens at whomever or whatever.
Olympus EPL1, Panasonic 20mm 1.7
I create the art, not the camera, and that’s something I have to believe in more, I’m working on it, its a slow process, but I’m getting there. We get so caught up in gear and all that mumbo jumbo ( yours truly at times ) and only to realize that photography is simple, there is light and a lightbox with a lens, and we control that light, we can either let it in, let it shine, or shun it out, you decide but in the end, you’re responsible, and only you. Go shoot something!
Olympus EPL1, Panasonic 20mm 1.7

Olympus EPL1, Panasonic 20mm 1.7

Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil

11 thoughts on “Week 25 | 2012

  1. Keep the faith Jorge, really like the image with the puddle. I’m also at a bit of a cross roads with street photography. Trying to gradually strip away the cliches and easy juxtapositions to ask myself what it is I’m trying to say or do.

    1. Thanks Roland, its exactly where I’m at as well. Its a tough road but I’ll keep trucking.

  2. "I create the art, not the camera, and that’s something I have to believe in more, I’m working on it, its a slow process, but I’m getting there. We get so caught up in gear and all that mumbo jumbo ( yours truly at times ) and only to realize that photography is simple, there is light and a lightbox with a lens, and we control that light, we can either let it in, let it shine, or shun it out, you decide but in the end, you’re responsible, and only you. Go shoot something!"

    I think that says it all – in the end, it’s not the fancy camera (although that can certainly enhance the result) but the eye of the photographer that creates the shot, the mood, the discovery. Taking pictures, always having a camera in my pocket, has given me a whole ‘nother way of looking at the world – down to what I never looked at before. It’s so much fun!

    1. Thanks Smacss, indeed. Carrying a camera around is what we all believe in, always ready to press that shutter.

  3. I alluded to the term “shutter therapy” last week and its reinforced on me everyday I shoot. Its almost like a magical elixir which cures you of what can sometimes be a a busy lifestyle. Via photography I loose myself in the moment and the minutes and sometimes hours seem to last forever. Its most definitely my magic pill.
     
    Sympathy For The Devil
     
     
    Earlier this week I published a quote from the great Dave duChemin which says,

    If the world around you isn’t inspiring you, perhaps it’s time to get closer. Much, much closer. You’ll find light, lines, and moments there that you’ve never seen before.
     
    — Dave duChemin

    I find this quote to be so alive and true to the kind of photography I’m enjoying lately. Getting close but not necessarily, in the traditional sense of street photography, hunting down your subjects and letting the shutter do its thing, no, not that type at all, but the more intimate compositions which can be just about anywhere your eye turns to.

     

     
    This type of photography just opens up a brand new world, a world which know no limits but only those imposed by your own imaginations. It feels great!
     

     
    It also dawned on me that I’m at week 25 and that’s almost the half way point of the year and yet I still have my own doubts, some self imposed, some acquired, but at times I feel free and liberated to point my lens at whomever or whatever.
     

     
    I create the art, not the camera, and that’s something I have to believe in more, I’m working on it, its a slow process, but I’m getting there. We get so caught up in gear and all that mumbo jumbo ( yours truly at times ) and only to realize that photography is simple, there is light and a lightbox with a lens, and we control that light, we can either let it in, let it shine, or shun it out, you decide but in the end, you’re responsible, and only you. Go shoot something!
     

     

     
    Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil

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