I read a blog article by ‘C-Nic’; actually the article was by Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai. “C-Nic” is actually reference to this article which got me wondering where I want to go with my photography and if I’m doing it right?
So far I have enjoyed the weekly challenges on my 52 week Flickr group as this has forced me into learning how the camera works.
I also couldn’t believe it when I was notified by ViewBug that one of my photos was in the top thirty for a competition and given an ‘Outstanding’ award by one of the judges. I only entered out of interest and hoped to get some feedback rather than thinking I had any chance of winning against experienced photographers.
As expected, I didn’t win. I didn’t even place in the runners up group or probably have any chance of being voted the peoples choice. I could say its because the picture does not fit the standard for concert photography but then I would be falling into the circle that CJ refers to in her article which has made me think that perhaps I should try and get an idea of where I want to go with my photography rather than just tinkering about with my camera. Maybe its time to think about a genre of photography? Maybe I should just carry on as I am; after all, although the genres have their own unique problems they all have important factors in common.
For example; the image from ViewBug may not be super sharp or of a quality we commonly see in our glossy magazines, but the composition does tell a story and that is in part what I think photography is about.
The image called “The New View” is very much what gigs are like in this modern era of digital compact cameras and smart phones. When I was younger I used to get in the mosh pit and burn off so much energy that I never needed gym membership. Now its a bit of a mix of moshing and standing to one side to watch and listen to the show. But it seems a large number of people miss the real experience of the gig because they spend the entire show watching it through a tiny LCD monitor and actually stopping everyone else from seeing the full events unfolding on stage.
So my picture tells a story and was noticed by one of the judges.
Thats good enough for me.
So where am I going with photography? Am I doing it right? Am I heading along the right path to maybe being able to sell an image one day? Is that even what I want to be doing?
I can honestly say I have no idea; Not a scooby.
I’m enjoying the learning process and I kind of guess thats all that matters at the moment.
As my “Outstanding ViewBug Award” was for gig photography and this is my photo learning curve diary I guess a few recent concert shots would be appropriate.
The following images were taken at The Borderline, London. October 2013.
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Jim Jimmy James