Although I have been taking photos on and off for many years, I have only taken it seriously for the past twelve months. Photography improved the quality of my life last year, it got me to go outside when I was too scared to live, and afraid to go outside of my front door. Because of the impact it had upon me I made a decision to put the effort in to improving my photography.
I realised that I had to have a focus so that I could develop, and as I have an interest in sociology I set myself some sociological themes. Some of these have turned into projects that are ongoing, and others I have turned into photo essays. Others I have put to the side for now.
I needed to create a bit more space on my computer so I have gone back through my photography from the past year, and have deleted many of the photos, photos that I saved in two different formats and others that I will not make use of.
The process has given me the opportunity to review how my photography has improved, and I feel really grateful that I have done this. It is quite obvious that my technical abilities have improved, but I can also see how I have begun to take photos that I want to take. Even if I havent made the quality that I want to, or that don’t tell the story that I like (and this is most of my photography), I am heading the right direction. There are themes that have become clearer, and other ideas that I had, that I currently have no plans to develop although I may do so in the future.
The turning point has been decided to take Foundations in Photography with The Open College of the Arts. Yes my photographic techniques have improved, but more importantly to me, my creativity and ideas are improving. With the encouragement of my peers, and through viewing the work of them and other OCA students, and photographers that I follow on WordPress, my progress is improving.
Am I where I want to be with my photography? No, not by a long shot. That is a good thing, I have a lot to learn and the willingness to learn.
Progress is being made.