Seven

WordPress alerted me to the fact that it’s 7 years since I started blogging – that means I stopped smoking all that time ago as what else was I to do with my hands other than write about it.

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The best way to stop smoking is to carry wet matches.

Several blog manifestations later, today is as good as any to think about what kind of photography I wish to do versus what kind of photographer I am.

Being a city dweller, architecture and people and streets are my main subjects. I often look for the Lowryesque figures within the complexed angles of buildings.

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“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” Winston Churchill

As is evident by the above collaged diptych, I like the creative and fun aspects of photography, juxtaposing or superimposing two different times and places to create the one image.

Perhaps it’s sneaky but I hesitate to point the camera directly at people unless there is a spectacle (see yesterday’s bubble image) and so rear views or reflections are my kind of street photography

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You are a mirror of yourself in others…Be the best reflection of yourself
Karen A. Baquiran

And as a bit of a loner, I like to photograph streets or alleys when there is that gap in pedestrians and suddenly a whole quiet descends

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Silence about a thing just magnifies it ~ Tennessee Williams

I could go on about all the other fun things of photography I am trying out including ICM and blur, post camera work with Photoshop Mix. And whilst it is evident from the featured photo (top) that I have developed a liking for architectural geometrical upshots, I’m happiest in a rural environment. Meanwhile London compensates for that with all its rivers, parks and trees. And by way of celebration here are seven samples of all that – in colour too! –

19 Comments on “Seven

  1. If you hadn’t mentioned the first pic is a diptych I wouldn’t have realised, had to go back up and take a closer look. And I think I’m going to have a closer look at what you said, too “…to think about what kind of photography I wish to do versus what kind of photographer I am” – that often pops into my head but somehow it hasn’t manifested itself into proper thinking about it.
    Happy blogoversary! I’m ever so glad we found each other online!

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    • I think I’ve tried forcing myself in the direction of photographers I admire instead of paying more attention to me – just because we admire does not mean we have to emulate. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.
      And blogging led me to you – that has been a bonus 😀

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  2. Don’t have time for a vacation, but going through this well thought out, beautiful post comes close. You, my friend, are an artist, and your work is a welcomed moment. Thank you for this!

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  3. What a nice thinkaboutthewhyandwherefore! Your images are striking. If I ever pull out and scan some of my older stuff (on paper and all) you might agree that we share something in common with our eye. I don’t do the photoshop thing, but love what you do with it. I’m also partial to your poetry — don’t let that drop, k? Happy anniversary!

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    • thank you Diana – reminds me that we have been blog visitngmuch longer. And no you did not miss that post – but you obviously spotted the Whitehall Memorial image in the archive Gallery on the side

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  4. I of course missed yours and my blogging anniversaries…7 yrs and I have loved following all your blogs!

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