When I first started taking photographs, planning was on the back burner. I would simply grab my camera and go. Over the years the enthusiastic spontaneity began to be replaced by calculated planning. Both are creative and have their advantages… and disadvantages.
Now I’m attempting to find a treatise between the two. A place where I can create a structure, within which, I can move freely.
By structure I mean a solid frame to build off of or within. That might be a location, prop, costume, or model. Whatever the structure is, you base your decisions off of it.
Spontaneity is where creative freedom comes into play. There is no way to be able know the exact conditions of a shoot; that can be amazing or disappointing. If you go into a shoot with the expectation that something will catch you off guard and surprise you, chances are you will capture a raw, unintended, wonderful moment.
“Sister’s of a Kind”
This sort of planned spontaneity is how the short series “Sister’s of a Kind” happened. I knew two things: 1) where I wanted to shoot and 2) who I wanted to shoot. As for concept: clueless. The location was relatively new to me (and as a waterfall, its power is dependent on whether it’s rained in the past few days or not). Going into it without a plan was nerve wracking, but the process was exciting, relaxing, adventurous and fun. Like a mental/creative retreat. (Don’t get me wrong, I love planning out each detail too! That’s why I have the “Wall Art” series!!!)
“If you swim effortlessly in the deep oceans, ride the waves to and from the shore, if you can breathe under water and dine on the deep treasures of the seas; mark my words, those who dwell on the rocks carrying nets will try to reel you into their catch. The last thing they want is for you to thrive in your habitat because they stand in their atmosphere where they beg and gasp for some air.”
C. JoyBell C.
“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefor she suffers so much more.”
Hans Christian Anderson
“And her heart was the best part, it would always calm the storm for those who were afraid of a little rain.”
“A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.
She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself ”
Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.
And I do believe I’ll leave you with this tid-bit of gorgeousness…