Unexpected Lessons

They are many reasons why I would never claim to be a patient person. I find myself losing interest mid-conversations and very often when watching movies. This particular personality flaw has not been aided in any shape or form in this digital age.

I get frustrated when my computer slows down or when my phone network drops and my movie stalls and buffers for more than a minute on my journey to work. This so called trait has me wanting and trying to learn too many things with not enough hours in the day.

However, I’ve had to learn to be patient in photography. I had to learn that the skills that I desire will not be acquires overnight and I’ve had to put in the work. I had to learn to slow down in order to learn to see. I had to learn not to chase the next great image and to enjoy the journey that I am on. I’ve had to learn to let go of everything that I’ve learned along the way in order to create what I desire.

Last but not least, I had learned that it is completely okay not to edit every single image that I’ve captured. I had to accept that what I like will change.

Everyday that we experience comes with its own lessons. Each lesson shapes, moulds and allows us to mature and grow and such becomes our vision. The image that you see below will not be what I would have created two years ago when I first captured the original image. I remember seeing unsure about the composition, it may have been why it was overlooked. I do remember being drawn to the shapes formed at different angles.

This image lingered in my archives for three years. Once I came across it again, an idea began to take shape. This was a start and certainly something that I could start to work with. Perhaps it was because my creative eye was still developing even with the skills that I had learned.

Once I had rediscovered this image, I realised that what initially drew my eyes was the shape of the shape of the building and composition angle also brought forward other unseen elements. In oder to emphasise it further, I chose a darker yet minimal edit. By emphasising light at specific angles, it brought forward the overall shape and depth of the architecture.

The original image captured details are below:

MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark III
Exposure13s
Aperture7.1
Focal Length28.0mm
ISO Speed100

pammyv02

I am a photographer currently living in London. Most of my work is in black and white because which I've found to be the best outlet to express myself. With patience a rather unique way of seeing the beauty around me, I enjoy creating a world that is unique to me.

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