Welcome to my very first attempt at writing a blog. I’ve always been a bit of a writer, but I’ve never written a blog before, so I guess I’ll have to see how it goes. I guess I’ll also have to explain what this blog is meant to be about, who it’s for and why I”m even bothering to write it. First, let’s start with what this blog is meant to be about. Quite simply, it’s about photography. Or more specifically, it’s about conceptual photography. Conceptual photography is basically photography where the purpose of taking the photo is to illustrate a specific idea. So the photo itself isn’t being taken to make money, to capture a particular moment in time or to present the viewer with a beautiful picture. The main objective of taking the photo is to express an idea. Now this can be pretty open ended, because an idea doesn’t have to be based on a particular genre and the only limitation is your own imagination. I’ll be talking far more about this in later blogs, but for now let’s just leave it at that and explain who this blog is actually for. I’m hoping to obtain a fairly broad readership, but the people who will read this blog probably all have one thing in common – they will primarily be interested in photography, or at the very least, in taking photographs. I’m also hoping that the people who read this will be interested in using photography as a means of expression, as an art form, as an outlet for their own ideas.
No, the photograph above is not me. It’s a black and white picture of a man I met in the street in Montreal, Canada. I had an idea; I wanted to take pictures of people I met in the street. I wanted to take this man’s portrait because he was an appealing character and I wanted him in a certain pose that would express that character. I enjoy taking pictures and I enjoy thinking about the reasons behind why I take the pictures. Which brings me on to why I’m writing this blog. I am now at a point in my life where I can begin concentrating more fully on my photography. I feel like I’m at the beginning of a new journey, and I have the urge to describe this journey in detail, in the hope that people reading this can get something useful from it. But also in the hope that I can obtain something useful from the people reading this blog as well. It’s a two way thing – your thought, your comments, your criticisms, I’m hoping to use them to help me on my journey….
So there we have it! Let’s see happens next….