As the end of another year approaches, it’s the time when we all relax and sit back and start to reflect on the past year, but also time to ponder where we are heading in the new year, both in our personal lives and also in our photographic journey. We’ve already got a calendar packed with workshops, talks, fairs and trips to interesting places, so we’ve got a lot to look forward to in 2018.
However, I’ve digressed from what I originally sat down to write about. I was sat having a coffee the other day whilst looking through a friend’s website, as you do. And I found my going, oh I like that, and I like that, and I wish I’d taken that and I’ll have to go there. I’m sure we’ve all done it, but then I thought that’s exactly what I don’t want to do. I really don’t want a portfolio full of copies of other people’s work, I want to do my own thing.
Now before anyone points out that I’ve got loads of images of iconic, well known locations, I accept that I need some of these for commercial reasons, but it’s images taken in little, or unknown locations that give me the most satisfaction and I want to follow my own path more this coming year.
I’m happy with the direction of my monochrome work, I just need to figure out how to produce more of it, but the saturated colour work doesn’t please me anymore. My recent image of Kingthorpe didn’t exactly set the social media on fire, but I don’t care, I like it so much it’s going to be printed and hung on the wall and I’m sure there will be more, softer, subtler images to follow this coming year.