The Falling Sky

 

 

What are you seeking here

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Man I seek what will not stand

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I bring home the golden light

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The ocean and the twisting sand

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Remember the night

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When the fire didn’t answer to the flame

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Promises, I’ve made no promises

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There’s just the grey and the emptiness as it is
As it is –
I have mapped the falling sky,
But I’ve made it too hard
By forgetting the night
When the fire didn’t answer to the flame

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The Right Moment

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My goal isn’t to make photos. It just so happens that in my normal course of photography that I make pictures, but I see this as a side benefit. I want to be creative. I want to be inquisitive. I want to be attentive. I want to be in the moment and I want to be hopeful of the future. I want to be fascinated and awe struck at the myriad subtleties to life and the world. I want to be aware of the fact that no matter where I go or where I am that there are so many things that are different to where I came from. There are also many things that are the same. I want to enjoy the pattern that a leaf makes skittering across the road in a gust of wind. I want to look back in uncertain curiosity at that dog under the rug – watching me.

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I want to spend some portion of my life wondering about coincidences.

Who creates coincidences, after all?

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Because then, regardless of whether photos come of the moment or not, I get something vastly more rewarding. Release!

Release from being tethered to the wait for the right moment to arrive.

The right moment is always now.

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The Sun Also Rises

Sadness is an important thing not to be ashamed about but to include in our lives. One of the bigger problems with sadness or depression is there’s so much shame around it. If you have it you’re a failure. Yet they are not the signs of failure. They are signs for having tried to remain strong for too long.

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Let those who struggle know they are not alone…….

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Something to Ponder

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Of late I have been thinking about the cost of my making Photographs. It is true, film is expensive. But from a certain perspective you realise this is not a bad thing, nor is it a good thing, it is simply a characteristic of film and it is up to each photographer to define that characteristic.

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So each time I press my shutter button it adds to the cost. But that cost means something to me. It means that I have to give each image more value to balance that cost, to make that cost worth it. You could easily replace the word cost with personal investment. But because my photos have cost, they have value to me. Because they have value I labour over them more, I am more careful, I am more thoughtful, I love them more. But monetary cost is not the only cost, pinhole taught me this. There is cost in time as well. If I am working with my pinholes each image might cost me several minutes of my life, maybe even hours. I could have roamed a lot in that time, found many other snap shots, but instead I invested all that time in each and every image. And as I only photograph what I think is going to be personal to me, rather than what others will think is a good photo I take greater care in selection. Imagine you lived in a world where social media didn’t exist, and you only made photos that you would see. You would start thinking about the value of each image, and you start applying a greater value to each image. What I have found tends to happen is the results improve, or your enjoyment of the process improves, or both. To visit digital for a moment (and this is not a dig at digital) if each shot is theoretically free and you can make hundreds of images in one go, how much value do you tend to attach to each of those images? Not much, right? 9 out of 10 of them will get deleted or filed away to obscurity on your hard drive, maybe more than that. We shoot freely and hence the tendency is perhaps to shoot without value. Yes, film costs. It costs money. It costs time. It costs sweat and sometimes blood. I welcome those costs, I don’t see them as a negative, I see them as a reason to value what I am creating, to strive harder for a more meaningful process or result, to inspire greater patience and vision and practice on my part. I don’t want my film photos to be free because I would be afraid I would not value them as much then.

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In the Picture

One of the first rules I learned when starting photography is that you should never have your own reflection or shadow in a photograph. Well since I did not make that rule I see no need to adhere to it.

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This is my little Lee Friedlander moment. And if you know his self-portraits, particularly his fondness of photographing his shadow, you’ll see his influence in these images.

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So don’t be afraid to be influenced, inspired even. It is too big a world and life is too short to be able to see it all on your own

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And if you are not familiar with the self-portraiture of Lee Friedlander, why not start there. He’ll definitely change how you think of the self-portrait.

 

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I am not out to impress the world,

I try to live my life in a way

that will make me happy.

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