In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 22 of the series we are looking at an image that defines my style.
15 April 2012. Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, NSW. Australia.
For many years my photography was purely instinctive, how I made each image was based off what I felt would work best. Yes, I read much about photographic technique and used the 'rules' when I thought that they suited but I didn't think too much about my own style. All that changed with a gift from my mother, a book called 'The Photographer's Mind' by Michael Freeman. It was a revelation, I read it over and over - often with my laptop by my side so that I could analyse my images and find the artistic style that I had developed over the years. The greatest revelation was that I belonged to an artistic style that I would never have guessed! I was an impressionist!
You may think of the impressionist masters and consider this image a million miles away from them but the complexity that is evident in so many of my images as well as my use of colour belongs to this style. I think that this is the earliest image in my portfolio that shows this style, the pink of the sunrise is pretty but not the subject of the image, the reflection in the smooth water is also pretty but also not the subject. The smooth water contrasts the high frequency detail of the tree and its leaves in silhouette which are the subject of the image. You can spend hours looking at the intricate details and patterns in the image and keep finding new ways to be amazed.
Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.