Daily Prompt: Illusion

I grew up being told that ‘the camera never lies’, yet I was always puzzled that my early point-and-shoot photographs, once I’d had them developed, rarely turned out the way I remembered them. They were too ‘flat’, or too dull, or too unremarkably boring and not at all representative of what I’d thought I’d seen in my mind’s eye when taking the picture in the first place.

And then I learned that a camera lens doesn’t seem to ‘see’ the world the same way as I do, so I would have to learn to change some of the settings manually to ‘show’ the camera how to create and reproduce my chosen style of representation of what I was actually looking at. I would basically be teaching my camera how to lie – how to create an illusion of my own choice.

Quite often even once I learned these some of these technical tricks I would find my particular view of what I was seeing before me would prove very different to someone else’s captured view of the same subject, even if we we were both taking pictures at exactly the same place at the same time. There was not, it seemed, just one reality but multiple realities seen differently by different individuals, all presumably equally as valid as each other.

Frustratingly, even with a decent-enough camera nowadays to be able to choose my focus points, the depth of field, and play around to my heart’s desire with exposure values to suit myself so that I’m effectively making images rather just taking photographs, sometimes the results I get straight out of camera still aren’t quite enough for me… I’m still left wanting so much more.

I’m discovering that I want to start being even more creative with my artistic endeavours – I suppose I really want to learn some proper post-processing skills to add something more dramatic to my images, using whatever digital ‘darkroom’ techniques I might have at my disposal to help me make my personal illusion of how I choose to see the world complete πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: IllusionΒ 

Daily Prompt: Commit

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I saw this grafitti message on temporary hoarding still wrapped around a newly-constructed waterfront housing development along the Lea River in East London.

It’s not exactly a feel-good mantra to commit to, and yet it’s a pretty accurate assessment of how many of us live our lives within our Western capitalist culture… πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Commit

Daily Prompt: Relieved

I’ll be so relieved when this heatwave is over – I’m seriously not built for this level of hot weather. I’m Scottish, and from the North East coast at that, so I’m more used to relatively high percentages of precipitation pretty much all year round with the bracing North sea air keeping everything refreshingly… well… fresh

Still, stultifying, stuffy air and lukewarm water straight from the cold tap however long you run it for is not my idea of fun. It reached 33 degrees this afternoon and is expected to remain at around 23 degrees overnight tonight. I know many people across the world live in far hotter climates – but this is the UK, and we don’t routinely live with air conditioning in our homes so we really struggle when it’s hot like this.

Right now I’m feeling too hot in my clothes and too hot out of them – just too hot altogether, whatever I do. And I’m grumpy and out of sorts and cranky and fed up. And did I mention hot? At least when it’s cold, you can always layer on more clothes, but when it comes to stripping off, once you’re down to your skin you’re stuck – often literally stuck to your seat, yuk! πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Relieved

Daily Prompt: Create

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Being a creature of habit, I tend to walk the same local walks regularly so many of my images tend to be variations on a theme of the same basic scenery. So yesterday I tried to be a bit more adventurous and use the heavy dark foliage hanging down above my head to help create a kind of natural frame for my landscape views. I’m not sure how successful this has turned out, but my experiment seemed to fit today’s prompt word perfectly… πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Create