When I first started taking pictures I thought it was easy. Different subjects create different images, great light or sightings & the images would be great
The more I shot I realised that I’ll never be on top of my photography
For me I always want to push the next idea & do something different
Long ago I realised it would be better to focus on a subject, a subject that would help me grow, something that would evolve as I did. If I make mistakes I could try again, try new ideas & accomplish seeing those ideas come to fruition
The last 5 years I have really been pushing myself, I’ve tried many different ways of changing things up, creating images that really speak to me. I am lucky as I have an amazing relationship with a number of Himba villages that I can try to create something, create something that evolves & is natural even if I am pushing it
My photographic journey has taught me that I have to plan, I have to think about Images. Life does just happen but if you have not thought or planned for certain ideas or locations things won’t come together.
This image is along the lines of what I have been playing with. This is not an image that will make the grade but I am sharing it here as a bit of an insight. In the future the other images will see the light of day in a platform that really showcases the images for what they are.
Looking at this image I reflect on the relationship & connection I have with the Himba. This has allowed me to try new ideas, here it allowed me to play with multiple lights while life went on without my presence really changing too many things
I guess what I am getting across is that photography for me is not about the image, it’s not about the likes or followers that come. It’s the learning & necessary planning that needs to be put in for many years. It’s the forming of relationships & the understanding of what you shoot.
Many of you may not agree but this has led to this image
I don’t really like it so I’ll go back, get some more images but more importantly, spend some time with the people in the image
In between then & now, I’ll play with new ideas, ways & study more!