I think the most important thing I have learned from the Find Your Eye courses is that I should walk around with my photographic eye open at all times! Alert to possibilities, looking for things I can connect to, things that make me laugh, cry, excited, happy, thoughtful and more. It’s looking for the ‘sacred in the ordinary’ re-imagining the possibilities of everyday objects and being alert to noticing the quirky or unusual.
I have learned that I like to capture both detail and the big picture and that I love nature. The session I spent in the local art gallery really clarified for me the importance of emotional connection and putting some of myself into all of my pictures.
In many ways the lesson I enjoyed most was the one where I tried to take portraits of my friend. Partly because it was a fun afternoon for, I hope, both of us and partly because it involved new skills which I am anxious to develop and try out again (when I can find some willing victims!)
The pictures I have chosen to illustrate what I have learned are two that I took recently in London of a cycle rickshaw or ‘Disco Bike’ as it dubbed itself. Three months ago I probably wouldn’t have noticed this as an item of interest let alone a subject for a photograph. As it is I have used my slowly developing post-processing skills to enhance them and am pleased with the result!
Thank you Kat for a great course.