Elements of the Beginning.
After having a super busy week I decided to give myself some time to sit and just think. I cannot express how important it is as a photographer not to get lost, I tell so many photographers to never forget their roots, its so easy in Buisness to lose yourself. This is the same for ANY Buisness. You are You, there is a reason that you are doing what you do, you must never forget the journey you are on, and what elements of the beginning shaped who you are today. So pretty please, I ask you just to take 10 minutes of your day, you can have tea, a pen, a biscuit, a phone, a baby in your hand or you can have even have anothers hand in yours.
Just take the time to think of all the things that shaped you, there will be good and bad, but they are ALL important.
Then simply thank yourself, for there is no one is the world who has had your journey, no one has felt the power within you, no one has made the decisions you made. No one has been, or ever will be you.
So I have shared a slice of my beginning which made me who I am today, it was a vital part of the development of my own vision and the way I now approach the art of photography.
When I was studying A level photography I used to sit in the Weymouth College library and look at photography books for hours. Then came my first love of a photographer, James Nachtwey his images made something move in me that I couldn't explain, they made me feel emotion even though I had no connection with the subjects in the photographs, his lighting and composition drew me in to wanting to feel everything about the moment. This was one of the first times I witnessed the true power of photojournalism. Like an Ice berg, the power to document not just moments that have happened, but the sheer depth of emotion that lies beneath.
Remember your elements.