I’ve been doing a lot of photography (as a beginner) ever since I joined the FOCUS group almost a year ago. Every weekend, on a Saturday or Sunday morning, we go to photograph as the sunrises on these eastern shores. Sometimes, with a good cloud cover, we spoil ourselves with the beauty of these sunrises like the one below:
It’s fantastic. It’s dramatic. It’s eye-catching.
But is that all there is? Is that how I want to define my photography - beautiful skies and a somewhat engaging subject?
I hope not. Our world is beautiful and there are plenty of photography subjects that don’t require beautiful skies. There are certainly plenty of things that I still don’t know about photography, composition-wise and a way to express myself and leave an imprint in this world. I certainly don’t want to look at my portfolio when I’m 80 years old and never really pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in photography. Emphatic skies are, in my opinion, a tiny fraction of what makes a landscape photo great, more so what makes photography, in general, a worthwhile endeavour.
And this is why starting today, I’m going to be more critical about myself and really find out what kind of art I want to represent who I am. I want my photography, and my photographs for that matter to last centuries, not just a lifetime. And to do that, I’m going to need to get closer to the masters, and hopefully improve on their works so that one day I will be recognised as one of them. Hopefully.