This week has been a very stressful week work-wise for reasons that are too complicated to go into here. But it’s Friday so time to forget about it until Monday inexorably comes around again. I had a really nice email today from an old friend who used to be a professional photographer many moons ago (in the days of film) but, in his own words:
I fell back into design because people started being able to do what I was doing on the computer and I wanted to catch up. So I ended up putting my camera down and shamefully never picking it back up again.
Now this person is now a very talented graphic designer and layout artist with his own business but he has decided to pick up the camera again and invest in some new kit because he wants to do this professionally again. The icing on the cake for me is that has been partly inspired to do this after reading my blog, which is actually pretty cool. At the risk at this sound like a bit of a love in he said in his email that:
I’ve loved your blog though because its about looking and learning, … you are starting to notice the world through a different eye, seeing things that others don’t, noticing that even the most mundane scene or object has ‘something’- the domino picture the other day for instance I thought was sublime- its not technically your best picture, but nonetheless not any weaker because of it
When I started writing this blog that was all I wanted to achieve. To have someone who is a successful artist in their own right say something like that about my photography is really encouraging. Of course, its not all good news. The Fractalius plug-in did not go down well, and he’s also very ambivalent about the use of spot colour, although appreciate that it has its uses when done subtly.
In my defence, the fractal effects were just me messing about with a new toy really. I certainly wouldn’t consider either the Odeon image or the Orang-utan stunningly good in their original form… Indeed, with regards to the image on the blog last night, the background to where the ape was sitting is a horrible puke greeny mustard colour so I just wanted to concentrate on the ape and get away from the distracting surrounding wall. I have a friend, another pro photographer, who thinks spot colour is an abomination. Personally, I think it’s acceptable when used more considerately and sometimes it does work. Such use of effects and Photoshop filters does polarise opinion though… As you know I dabbled in HDR photography for a while but soon dropped it for something a bit more natural. Art is always in the eye of the beholder. I like the oppressiveness of Rothko but cannot see the point of Jackson Pollock for example. In photography, some effects work and some don’t. I have had positive and negative comments about all the pictures I’ve done where I have deliberately manipulated the image.
Its very easy to get hung up on other people’s opinions; whilst one friend didn’t like the last couple of pictures, I am doing a print of the Orang-utan picture for someone else whose opinion and feedback I value and have also agreed to let another friend use the Odeon picture on a campaign leaflet (she is running for local councillor. We all like different things, otherwise life would be very boring.
Of course the true artist here is my daughter (pictured). That’s proper art using paint and brushes and stuff and she’s actually pretty good (at least that’s what we were told at parents evening last night). It’s the weekend, so that’s it for now. Hoping to get out at the weekend and add to my alternative Chester pictures but until then, have a great weekend