I took up photography almost by accident. Prior to, I’d only taken photos on birthdays and holidays and even then, only when I remembered to carry my point & shoot camera. I used to think it more important to live the moment than try and capture it.
That started to change when I moved to China for a job assignment. There I was deluged with unusual sights that I knew I’d not see again. I still forgot to take my point & shoot but I always had my Blackberry on hand. Mobile phones in China were a necessity rather than a convenience and though the picture quality was so-so, the captured moments were unique.
The potential of photography was revealed during a trip to Angkor in Cambodia. My husband and I had signed up for a photography tour with Nathan Horton. Nathan took us to curated locations, timing our visits according to light, time of day and crowd avoidance. He introduced us to Lightroom and the possibilities of post-processing. He also introduced us to the concept and practices of street photography.
Be it travel or street photography, I discovered that I like taking pictures of people. If I take two shots, one with and one without people, I will invariably prefer the one with people. I also enjoy photos which have motion. Either captured motion frozen in time or images that invite the eye to move, look and see more.
I’m not a technical photographer. I don’t have the obsession with gear that seems to afflict serious aficionados. I don’t care about the different cameras and lenses and I can hardly remember my camera’s model. It’s why I am not drawn to studio work. The attention to light, timing, flashes, reflectors, diffusers! My worse photos have been with studio shoots.
I do like street portraiture though. I enjoy the casual engagement with strangers, where I approach someone, connect with them and take their picture. Often times I don’t know if I’ve gotten a good shot or not. It’s always a delight to find when I do.
These days the opportunity for travel and street photography is greatly diminished. I still don’t have it in me to take up landscape and macro. But I have started to look at food photography. I am taking baby steps. A lot about food photography is about staging and light i.e. all the elements of a studio shoot but on a smaller scale.
I’m not sure if this will end well. At least though, failure or success, I can always eat the results!
Toronto, Canada. February 2021