First of all, let me say that I do not believe in new year's resolutions. To me it's an unnecessary stress and pressure to add onto our already complicated every day lives. Waiting for that one special date where everything changes suddenly is only bound to end in a disaster in some shape or form. What I do believe in is picking a day that fits with your life and starting a project then. So, why not let it be a 365 day photography project?
New year and new beginnings... coming to you with after-Christmas and New Year's sales from camera shops trying to make you add "buy new lens" to your to-do list for the year ahead. Don't let gear acquisition become your way of becoming a better photographer because all it will do is make you use your duster more because the pile of unused gear will grow and grow.
I met Matilde through arts. I don't know anybody else who is so full of life and has this really vibrant aura about them. The first time I listened to a song she co-created, I just knew I'm dealing with someone extremely talented. I'm looking forward to the day when her songs will be played more and more on the radio, in concerts, and streamed online.
As we chatted over a cup of coffee in the local Nero, I would question myself - how am I relating so much to Cris? How am I relating so much to people who are from all over Europe, with different lives, and yet there is something so familiar - that inner inkling of wanting to move and try your hardest to make something out of yourself.
Through my documentary project I met up with 11 Europeans, residing in the UK, and had those really intimate conversations about how they truly feel, what home means to them, letting them express their voice in THEIR own words, reminding them and others that their opinion is VALID and is just as important.
"Would you photograph my birth?" is not a question many of us will hear in our lives. Luckily, I have been one of the fortunate ones who have been able to not only witness it with my own eyes but I have also been given the opportunity to do it through my camera.
Although I myself am fairly new to the area, I have indeed already grown accustomed to the impressive and slightly daunting cooling towers located nearby. I can fully understand the sentiment of locals watching a large part of their everyday vista suddenly disappear into the dust clouds, it's not exactly the same as slightly altering the local landscape by chopping down a few trees or adding some.
Today on 19 Aug 2019 marks World Photography Day. These images mark the exact day I found my love, my passion, my consolation, and my purpose when I picked up that Samsung camera phone and shot myself in one of those apart-hotels after a shoot for someone else. This shoot marks the day I found something that gives me fulfillment that's big enough to fuel me until old age. I can only hope that everyone has the opportunity to seek out what their heart really aches and wishes for.
We may be pro at all things photographic, but is it enough for us to succeed as photographers in this day and age? What are the other components for the winning formula?
If you're from the West and elsewhere and not as familiar with the history of everything that went down east of the Berlin Wall, you might, however, have come across the new historical HBO TV mini series "Chernobyl" (2019). If you haven't yet, I highly recommend it! Wait, what does this have to do with photography?
When it comes to being creative and personal photography, how do you approach your shoots? Do you prepare a well-researched mood board and vehemently stick to it, or do you let your creative juices flow and see where the shoot takes you? Is there a right way?
I wouldn't go as far as ever calling myself an architecture photographer (I'm just a..photographer, I suppose), but I do enjoy the pleasing feeling of connecting lines, of watching the simplicity take over a busy scene that might be right in front of me, yet looking up I see "less is more"-kinda scene, and it simply pleases me for that moment.