Pecha Kucha : My Photographic Work. Focal themes: ARTIFICIAL LIGHT NIGHT URBAN LANDSCAPE EMPTY SPACE.
I always use M mode or TV when composing my shots and a high ISO, and edit my camera settings for the desired shot. This allows me to control the outcome of a photograph. Some people are sceptical of this- but to me, Grain is good!
I tend to never use flash as it creates too much of a harsh look to the end photograph, in practice this sometimes doesn't benefit some of my photographs as they can turn out slightly under-exposed.
For years I have photographed things alone and metaphorically viewed them as opposites that are divided in my work. For example- I intentionally focus and photograph urban landscape itself without the actual inclusion of people.
Documenting empty big open spaces in the night is exhilarating. I find the whole process of it to be fascinating, how I have to work around it, I can consume and manipulate the space.
I engage with artificial light sources that come from a darkened area, they seem to completely transform it and my perceptions into almost feeling at ease- I concentrate on presenting these aesthetically within my work.
My work has been likened to that of the style of Rut Blees Luxemburg, I find her images to share some visual similarities to that of mine but am unsure if her intentions have ties to my underlying concepts.
Changing perceptions is a big interest of mine, looking and listening to how people view things that aren't seen as aesthetically pleasing, such as huge imposing tower blocks. Setting myself a task aiming to break these perceptions in an image, alter this and concentrate on how to beautify them.
I seem to be very set in my ways (hobby-wise) with what I photograph and that I usually never edit an image, if I do I will slightly adjust the brightness and saturation I feel as though I would be cheating myself and the intentions of my images if I edit.
Empty spaces have become a continual factor of my work inspired by the "fear of the unknown" concept within photography. The added value of suggested inhabitants or movement within the space creates an element of wonder.
I aspire to exhibit some of my work in a certain way, maybe combine my reasons and feelings contributing my work in text as a series and gather various feedback. (similar to this) It would interest me to hear peoples perceptions of before and after understanding my work, or if they did at all.