Following my recent first collaboration with the poet Yvonne White it got me thinking about my interest in poetry. I’ve always enjoyed poetry. Unlike my work which is visual and any sentiment that I express can be obscure and open to interpretation poets very often quite literally (pun not intended) put their soul on the line which I think is a pretty brave thing to do. Without wishing to sound like a philistine I sometimes find the “great” poets like Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth etc. somewhat inaccessible, on the whole I prefer modern day poetry, something that I can identify with, as Pam Ayres put it : “Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth” 🙂 .
On another note I’ve found over time that my choice of photographic equipment has become less and less important to me. Yes, I want to start out with images that give me the greatest amount of scope when I’m processing them and I want lightweight, well built equipment but just about any camera gear that ticks those boxes will produce imagery that I can happily work with. Modern system cameras contain every function that I’m ever going to need and a great many more that I most probably will never ever use. I saw in an advert for some image editing software that used the term “Create technically perfect pictures”, as if it’s the Holy Grail, what the heck is a technically perfect picture?. If there was such a thing wouldn’t it be the very antipathy of creativity and experimentation?!
Lastly I was thinking of my love of travel photography and wishing that I had the opportunity and means to visit all those amazing places around the world that I’ll most probably never be able to see. Every time I see one of those travel programs on the TV I positively salivate and see photographic works in the making everywhere. I don’t know how to describe the feeling but it’s a very similar feeling to that which I get when I’m looking through my viewfinder at something that visually fascinates and excites me.
Well, enough of my ramblings 🙂