I am not the most patient person in the world neither would I pretend to be. I have my flaws and I know when they can work against.
When we start on the photography page, one the worst we can do to ourselves is set out to be like another photographer. Do not get me wrong, I’m not saying not to have inspirations so allow me to elaborate.
Black and white photography chose, I did not start out intending to be a black and white photographer. One of my greatest inspirations in photography is Sebastiao Salgado. Although I do not know him personally, I’ve admired him for a very long time. Not only he’s an amazing photographer, I admire what he stands as an individual. He’s contribution to photography, he’s ability to tell stories through his images and also he’s contribution to this planet of ours. I admire how he aims to teach us about life, help us open our eyes and he’s never ending curiosity.(drooling over)
When I first discovered his work, i went on a binge, devouring every text I can find about him (google is my friend). I watched documentaries, I watched talks, interviews and looked at his images over and over. I wanted to create images like his, I wanted all his abilities so I watched eve more images on how to create the perfect black and white image. I watched tutorials upon tutorials and finally ended learning how to use photoshop.
Little did I know that all his skills were honed over the years and especially his experiences.
While going through my Instagram page last week, I came across some of my first black and white images. Oh Lord, I was embarrassed for myself not because they were necessarily bad (some of them are truly dreadful) but for thinking that they were great. I remember thinking that they were amazing. I can sit here now, take one image and make a hundred comments on how it should have been done. Comment on composition, tonal range etc…. The reality is that I needed to start somewhere to get where I am today. The images that I created last year are very different from what I’ve creating lately. Am I getting better??? That’s a matter of opinion. Some say that I have but I am say that I am on my way.
The first time I used the ND filter was a disaster. The results were either too dark, over exposed sky or blurry images but I did not give up. I watched as many videos on the subject and practiced as much as I could to find out where I went wrong. I could have given but I refused to and I chose to learn through my mistakes.
I am not the most experienced image but I am certainly still doing is learning. Learning to tell my story and that of others and I still have a long way to go and only by being patient and persevering that I will get where I want to be.
In photography, they are no shortcuts simply patience and the desire to get better.