For The Love of Photography
Recently, I took the class on photography by Annie Leibovitz on Masterclass. I had received it as a Christmas gift and using it feeds into my greatest desire to keep learning. I have been a photographer for nearly most of my life, since I was eight years old and my father gave me my first camera when I was going to school in Thailand. It was a film camera, a canon AE-1, and it became my best companion. It was the buffer between myself and my surroundings. I suspect that most photographers have introverted tendencies and I am no exception to that. Having a camera with me has taught me a lot about paying attention to the energy around me, but it doesn't make me an expert. The takeaway I learned from the class that has been completely life affirming for me is that looking back at your work is necessarily to the process of elevating yourself in your craft, or really, anything that you feel creatively compelled to do. To write. To make something beautiful with your own two hands.
Ever since I took the class I have been delving into my archives of photographs, seeing so much of myself in the angles and manner in which I composed many of the shots. If you know what to look for, they're so personal; my shadow in the corner of one photo, and the way I was always trying to capture something giant behind another thing or object (see church/fence photo below). And I see the details of my future work too: The saturation of colors, and the ability to step back and accept the magnificent view of what is before me without attempting to alter it for my own benefit, or wish it to be different. I took these photos in New Orleans back in 2012, and I hope you enjoy them just as much as I did looking back.
(All photos captured with a holga 135 camera)
Have you been to this charming city? Where are your favorite places to go?