What is my thing?

I worried a lot about “what is my thing?”. Everything I read about photography said to find a lane and stick to it. This means finding a field that I like and sticking to it. This is hard to do especially when you still haven’t found what you like. I started with cityscape but quickly…

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…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Lai Afong

Lai Afong was a Chinese photographer who established Afong Studio, one of the early photographic studios in Hong Kong. Lai Afong was born in Gaoming, Guangdong and arrived in Hong Kong in the 1850s as a refugee of the Taiping Rebellion.  It is not known how he learned the wet-plate collodion process, but, it is said that by as early as 1859 had…

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…

Lap around the shore

At prospect of visiting my mother’s hometown, my thought was to visit Lake Togo. The lake is the largest part of a lagoon separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a narrow coastal strip. The point where the lake meets the ocean an be clearly seen from the shores of Aneho. Once again I was excited…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – William Bell

William H. Bell was an English-born American photographer born in Liverpool, England, in 1830. He was known for his photographs of western landscapes taken as part of the Wheeler expedition in 1872. He also wrote articles on the dry plate process and other techniques for various photography journals. He immigrated to the United States with his…

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…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Robert Heinecken

“There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.” – Robert Heinecken Robert Heinecken was an American artist who referred to himself as a “paraphotographer” because he so often made photographic images without a camera. He was born in Denver in 1931, and grew up in Riverside, California. He joined the Navy in…

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…

Expectations

Expectation is such a big thing when we head out to capture image. The pressure get even worse when we have a particular outcome in mind and time is of the essence. The question that I have for you today is whether our expectations are realistic. Personally, I only have the luxury of heading out…