I am finding out more and more that I really like a rough image. Well, purposely rough. I like images to be in focus but not necessarily High Definition sharp. If a photo looks sharper and crisper than real life, especially if it is of a person I find myself not really liking it. It is just a style and a preference but it’s what I have noticed about myself and my own work.
I like gritty, I like expired film, I like raw emotion and a little bit of a feeling of images not looking “perfect”. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, well so is perfection. To me imperfection is part of the perfection. I don’t mind some digital noise and I love film grain! Once again, it all comes back to style. It’s my style to be this way and I am perfectly happy with that.
Once again I am considering holding a photography retreat, not really a workshop, it is a learning seminar but it is a little different from other workshops I have seen out there. If anyone knows me you know I hate what most workshops have become. I can’t teach people to shoot how I shoot, but honestly, it’s pretty easy! The hard part is developing a style. Developing your own ideas and setting them into motion.
This is just something I am toying with, it will be very affordable, fun and not overly complicated. Once I come up with a good solid game plan and possible dates I’ll post them here. I guess this is more of my way of finding out if people might be interested in hanging out at a retreat in a sleepy little surf town, working with some great models and developing their own personal photography styles.
For now, here is one from over 4 years ago! It was part of a series I shot at my old house, I think the thing I miss the most about my old house is shooting in it. Living there left a lot to be desired, but it was so great to photograph in!