For it to be Different

On the 30th of December I went for a mid-afternoon stroll with my camera along the Staveley Section of the Chesterfield Canal. Under the bridge at the Staveley Canal Basin was this Graffiti. It stopped me in my tracks.

In a moment of self-reflection I pondered what this meant to the person who wrote it. Perhaps nothing, then again perhaps it was reaching out to someone who walked the same path they did and hope they would understand what it means. To me it gave me creative scope to interpret it myself based on my own life experiences and direction.

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I love to post my work alongside lyrics/songs that have some meaning and bring the image to life. With this one, I think “Under the bridge” by Red Hot Chilli Peppers works really well.

I don’t ever want to feel
Like I did that day
Take me to the place I love
Take me all the way

Minimalism in the Ordinary Stuff

Sometimes “less is more”, in its purest form minimalism photography is taking the ordinary and giving it a dramatic twist utilising light and composition to capture simplicity. Concentrating on colours, lines and textures and leaving the interpretation to the viewer in a subjective way.

I base my own minimalism photography ideas on texture, composition, colours and shape. I see details rather than the whole picture so zoning in on patterns, textures and shapes is quite natural for me. I more or less exclusively employ the “rule of thirds” with my minimalism work… It just seems to be more aesthetically pleasing to me that way.

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Pointed Cement Joint 
Day 01 - Swing
A park swing base
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Drain Cover
Day 04 - Sidewalk
Edge of the pavement curb stones
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Latch on a sandstone wall

Shooting the Shadows

Light impacts what we see and how we see it. it is the fundamental thing that brings photography to life.

In a lot of photographs it is the lighting that makes or doesn’t make an image work. Knowing how to work with the light will help enormously in capturing photographs that come alive.

The absence of light, darkness, is often overlooked by a lot of photographers because they are too busy concentrating on the light. Shadows play an important role in bringing images to life.

Helping to direct light to a specific point in a composition, shadows can hide and reveal features that you may prefer to be hidden. Shadows also add drama, mood and emotion to the image.

My own style of working with shadows is usually shot during the night or winter mornings when I haven’t the time to photograph on the streets.

Below is a few images of my shadow work.

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Building Light and fences
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Tree Branches
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Building light and fences
Day 03 - Shadows
Sun Shining through a fence
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Evening Sunlight through Window Blinds
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Building Light and fences