I don’t regard myself, if there is such a thing, as a natural blogger, so please bear with me as this is my first real blog post 🙂
One of the reasons that I so enjoy HDR photography is it’s ability to emphasise textures, wood, water, metal, stonework, leaves, you name it, anything with a texture . I also like geometry, angles, shapes etc. and solitude, empty places, seats, tables, buildings etc.. I seem drawn as if by a magnet to these subjects so the subject of these shots, as the saying goes is, “right up my street” :). Few of my photos have people in them and when they do it’s generally because it’s unavoidable :). I guess I’m just not a “people” photographer 🙂 or rather they aren’t the “focus” (excuse the pun) of my interest.
“Empty Table and Upturned Flower Pot”
Thinking about this prompted me to put a new album together on my Flickr site entitled “Empty spaces – a very personal perspective” https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/sets/72157646781510403/ . I resisted the notion of calling it “the dark side of the force” because I thought that sounded too morose, in reality it’s just me exploring another fascet of my personality. For these reasons it is probably my favourite album along with my “Abstractions – The light side of the force” album https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/sets/72157645111651790/ as I think that taken together they both say a lot about me as a person as reflected in much of my work 🙂
“Ambling and Rambling”
I could have put 99% of my photos in this album but instead restricted myself to including a few of my public places devoid, or virtually devoid, of people shots.
One thing that surprised my was when I noticed that they are all black and whites. Maybe this isn’t a co-incidence, maybe I’m subconsciously choosing black and white to further emphasise the solitude and stark nature of some of these shots. Perhaps it strips away what I perceive as a layer of superfluous distraction.
Whatever, it has really focussed my attention (no pun intended) as I had never thought of things in quite this way before putting this album together!.
“A Quiet Morning at the Shopping Centre”