Creativity and constraints

Most of us don’t have to create in our lives. We all live and create with enough constraints. Whether it is not enough money, not enough time or thinking that we need the latest gear – we all have at least one. You will find that there’s a fine line between constraints and excuses. I…

Seeing the small details

‘The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.’ – Dorothea Lange Most often when I am out photographing, I get questioned by curious passers-by who are often unable to figure out what I am doing or trying to do. The most important thing that I have learned on this…

The voices within

We all hear voices and whether they are our own is entirely a different thing. We are surrounded by them. They can be our own, others even friends or family. Things get complicated when we are surrounded by too many external voices and forget to listen to our own. It is well known that artists…

Unexpected Challenges

Some would think that the most challenging aspect of photography would either be planning/capture or the processing of images. The most challenging part for me lately has been the naming. Others prefer not to name their images and they are valid reasons not to do so. I’d learned early on that naming is what works…

Patience

It is a very rare occasion that I get to process my images within 24hrs of capture. Some photographers prefer to process their images straight after capture. I prefer to wait and I’ve learned that being patient has its own results. They are several reasons as to why this process works for me. There are…

Expression, Perspectives and Timing

As individuals, we are all different. I am an introvert and an over thinker. I can force myself into into social situations. However, I am not one for small talks as I find small talks draining. Somehow I have found myself in the creative world and creating a blog and permanently putting my thoughts out…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Kassian Cephas

Kassian Cephas was a Javanese photographer of the court of the Yogyakarta Sultanate. He was the first indigenous person from Indonesia to become a professional photographer and was trained at the request of Sultan Hamengkubuwana VI (r. 1855–1877). As a youth, Cephas became a pupil of Protestant Christian missionary Christina Petronella Philips-Steven and followed her to nearby Bagelen, Purworejo….

Finding Inspiration

Inspiration is such a tricky thing and not so tangible. We are either inspired or struggling to find inspiration. Lately I’ve been struggling with finding anything throughout this year. My normal usual sources of inspiration had always been museum, art, exhibitions, reading etc.. Unfortunately, nothing has worked. In such cases, I’ve found that the best…

Melancholy

Images are inherently frozen memories. Some memories are sweet, memorable and full of laughter and we long to recreate them. Some are sad and hard. We either choose to forget or learn from. The worst ones for me are the melancholic ones. We choose to either choose to forget or learn from them. These ones…

An open mind

For several years now, I have walked the streets of London. Like most popular cities in Europe, the streets are cluttered with buildings. Some older than I am and others a lot more recent but each as fascinating as the next. Common to many, London has a wide variety of architectural styles from a variety…