I recently started taking a watercolor painting class. I have always loved watercolors over oil or even acrylic because I favor a looser more abstract look over realism. This is very evident in most of my latest photographic work. I just love altering reality and taking an otherwise common humdrum scene and transforming it with my camera into a work of art. A recent comment that I received on social media was,
“Almost anyone can take a picture that looks like what we see but it takes a master to create something fresh and different.”
It pleased me so much to know that people, even non-photographers, can appreciate what it takes to do this. It’s not as easy as “just taking blurry photos.” My husband used to always tease me about taking blurry photos. He would even say, “If you want blurry photos, just give the camera to me.” That, in a nutshell, describes the difference between haphazardly taking a purposefully blurry photo and an experienced photographer manipulating reality to create a work of art.
This has become my biggest photographic goal. It is so much harder to bring a unique perspective and vision to what you are photographing over just clicking the shutter and capturing exactly what you see.
Look at what is in front of you as just the start of something new. Notice the colors, shapes, and textures and imagine how you can manipulate them. The photo below is the Rockland Harbor at sunset. The harbor was littered with sailboats, but I used a fast panning technique to “erase” them all. The end result was a surreal dreamy colorful soft ocean.
It’s sometimes hard to imagine what your camera is capable of doing and the trick is to experiment like crazy. Just keep taking yourself out of your comfort zone. Keep trying new things and pretty soon you will start to understand what is possible.
For more photographic inspiration and instruction, please considering joining me for an upcoming photography workshop.