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Take Me to the River

Why Surface Tension can have Hidden Depths

Michéla Griffith

My images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. An important part of my portfolio continues to be about the interaction between water and light in, but I’m also experimenting with movement on land and even my own progress on foot through the landscape. Facebook Flickr

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“It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.” Carl Gustav Jung

Over the last two years I’ve periodically experienced a sense of frustration and a feeling that my photography is not progressing. Other factors haven’t helped, but sometimes frustration creates new opportunities. I wrote about the direction that summer 2012’s poor weather took me in in “Going with the Flow”. There is a sense, a year on, of coming full circle – one year, one month on, and from wet to dry.

The Mirror Cracked

The Mirror Cracked

It is all too easy to succumb to the temptation to keep making images. But in the same way that it can be constructive on photo excursions to pause, I feel the need to do so now as part of my own personal development, to take stock of the portfolio that has developed, and the direction this is taking me in. Purely coincidentally I came across a recent article by Alan Briot about motivation. In reading this, I find echoes for my current, contemplative, mood, and a number of parallels. Such writing makes far more sense to me now than in 2006 when I stumblingly attempted to describe what ‘Vision and Style’ meant to me. The image of mine included in the book ‘Developing Vision and Style’ said things slightly better, and ironically it was also an intimate detail of a stream. Another echo? If I’ve inadvertently returned to this point, hopefully the intervening period has not been in vain. My reading has prompted me to ask myself a number of questions, which appear as a thread running through this article.

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Why do I photograph? For myself, firstly, and secondly for an audience. Because it makes me happy. Because it gets me outside. Because I experience places on an individual basis. Because I see things in new ways. Because it is creative. Because I lose all sense of time and self. Because I can express myself.

"why"

Why do I photograph? For myself, firstly, and secondly for an audience. Because it makes me happy. Because it gets me outside. Because I experience places on an individual basis. Because I see things in new ways. Because it is creative. Because I lose all sense of time and self. Because I can express myself.

Photography has always felt to me to be something instinctive. But inevitably there are so many things of interest that we tend to jump about. I now wonder if this can be counter-productive; certainly by concentrating on a subject and style of image making over the past 12 months, I have learnt much more about myself and my relationship with the camera.

When have I felt inspired? When I am at one with nature. When I slow down, or stop. When the light comes, and goes. In snow. In mist. In autumn and spring. At the water’s edge. When I look down a macro lens. When I open my mind as well as my eyes.



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