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Sources Of Inspiration – The Importance of A Reason To Shoot

The Elf at Rabot1745

This photo is part of a set of photos telling the story of a visit to the Tate Modern but it diarises  good times as I dine with family, people I love.

A pal of mine recently put a comment up on Facebook, “Can’t remember the last time I picked up my camera and used it in anger.” In his case he will address this himself and I am sure will photograph his Easter weekend to death, but the comment did get me thinking, about the importance of knowing exactly why you are taking the photograph you are about to capture.

Around September last year we joined our local camera club, which we enjoy immensely. Unfortunately a touch of poor health and a busy diary, has meant that we haven’t been for a little while but we are looking forward to getting back to the club after Easter. Anyway, one of the first meetings we attended was somewhat ad hoc as the speaker booked had to cancel. Instead we got six ten minute talks from various club members who were happy to do this at relatively short notice. All the talks were in truth very good and we were immediately impressed by the professionalism of the club members presenting their talks. The first talk had a title something like, “Why do I take photographs?” and I was on this chap’s wavelength inside of 15 seconds. His conclusion, if memory serves, was that we should take photographs that give pleasure to ourselves, that should be the first objective. We are not taking the picture for others but for our own pleasure and if others enjoy our photos than what a great bonus. There was a lot more meat and thought before he concluded with this and I was fired up immensely by this thought as I have dwelled on it long and hard myself.

Recently, my enjoyment with photograph went up immensely as I switched to Fuji kit and quite simply just enjoyed using the camera, its more analogue feel, its ease of use, its compactness and the emancipation I felt released from the weighty backpack of the DSLR world. However, the other big reason why I enjoy every photograph I take, is that I always know why I am taking a photograph, what the purpose of the photo will be.

Basically, in my case I take photographs to embellish the numerous blogs I write, be they for my photo blog, or my car blog, or my watch blog, or my Life blog. Put simply I photograph to diarise our life here at Beastie Folly, the events we go to, the car adventures we have, the holidays we take, and so on. Of course  rules are there to be broken, so having a reason to take a photo doesn’t mean you can’t just take a photo for the heck of it. Take this gorgeous  Easter weekend ahead, it is a great opportunity to capture some of the beautiful blossom trees that can be seen. I can do this just for the heck of it, but in truth in my case it would end up being part of some blog pontificating on the simple pleasures to be found just pausing to look at the beautiful world we live in and deriving joy from this.
I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Yes there must be a Wordsworth wannabe lurking deep inside me. Hey Wordsworth rhymes with Ainsworth. Hmmm so does Jobsworth.

In essence then, have a think about why you take photographs and what you want to do with your next capture. Having a reason to shoot, makes you shoot. If my photos don’t end up embellishing a blog I write, then they will be for another project in my mind, a wall print, or a photo book. The point is the photo will be part of a bigger plan and for me this, gives it importance and purpose. I need to take the photograph, therefore I do.

So please give this some thought, find your “Reason To Shoot” and armed with this I promise you, that your camera will be used more than ever.


Sources Of Inspiration – Humans of New York


“What’s your greatest fear?” “Dying before I’ve gotten out of The Matrix.”

Peanut’s son Duncan bought me a copy of Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton for my recent birthday. To be honest I was not familiar with Brandon until he gave me this and instantly I took to photographs and his approach to taking his photos. He introduces himself on his Facebook page, Humans of New York and on his website Humans of New as follows: Continue reading


Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections


This week’s Photo Challenge from the Daily Post is on the theme of “reflections” and you can find out about it here -

We were out and about in our hometown of Great Malvern shooting a bit of street and Peanut caught this shot which had some lovely reflections of the people in the shot in the shop window. So there you go that’s “Reflections” done! Hope you like it!



Sources Of Inspiration – William Eggleston

The Tate Modern

This weekend we went to London and explored the Tate Modern with Peanut’s daughter – The Elf and our son-in-law Fandango. We went with an open mind looking to be fired up by what we saw. A painting on Sackcloth depicting the Vietnam war hit the spot for all four of us and you can see this painting below. On the left is depicted the military might of the USA with a tank and soldiers and machine guns all in military green camouflage attire and all the weapons pointed to the Vietnamese shown on the right looking forlorn and despairing. A distinct gap on the canvas separates the two factions and provokes further thought. Read on to share our discovery of William Eggleston. Continue reading

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Sources Of Inspiration – Fred Fogherty

I picked up on this by stopping by on Simon Peckam’s Scoop it for The Fuji X series. I wanted to share it because I found it very inspirational. basically he shoots a video clip on a Go Pro and the catches stills from the same scene on his Fuji X100.  They are then mixed together as he tours the streets of Paris. The video serves to give context to the fantastic stills he then captures on his Fuji X100, which in true street style he then edits to black and white. This makes a dramatic contrast to the colour video clip. the whole thing sits really well together and without doubt this has made me want to have a bash at this as a way of presenting an event, or a day out. Sadly I doubt if my efforts will match up to this inspirational piece, but the point is it has inspired me. At the end of the video he challenges us to go out and make your own video. Well Thank you I will at some point rise to the challenge.

Check Fred Fogherty’s work out here.



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