For a number of years, my desire to use photography as a form of self expression was nonexistent. I say that, of course, completely independant from Pet Imagery. My pet photography is a form of self expression but the focus is on the client and their needs–not me exploring my inner self and strengthening my artistic vision. It’s not like I didn’t try to make new imagery. After Type 85 film became extinct, I worked with color polaroids, and then 4×5 type 55 (with a used field cam I bought on ebay). I really had a hard time expressing myself after the abrupt end of the film I so enjoyed using. I couldn’t seem to move on.
Then I got an iPhone. It sounds crazy to think that a flat, shiny new gadget with no aperture ring or shutter dial to be found could make me this excited about making (and taking) pictures again. I fell head over heels actually. I guess I should give the bulk of the credit to the makers of Hipstamatic. Definitely click on their site. The geniuses over there created an application (app) that allows the user to turn their iPhone into a Holga camera–but even better is that they have created a whole collection of “lenses” and “films” that create certain effects depending on the combination you choose. The photographer has the ability to create any vision, any mood, with a seemingly endless supply of creative tools to reflect one’s imagination. It’s like a portal to a photographer’s dream (well, my dream at least).
For me, I focus completely on the composition, the color, the mood. I really enjoy exploring the combinations and seeing how the subject matter is best approached. The whole concept of “what will it look like if I do this–or use that” is a wonderful aspect of the medium that always keeps me taking more pictures. That idea is perhaps one of the driving forces of my inspiration.
These galleries are ongoing series. I will be updating work through this site and hope to generate some feedback regarding my creative process and further direction. Enjoy!