Sunday, January 3, 2016

Playing with Light - A photography post

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"So you are a photographer..." I smiled hesitantly, not sure who I was. I have no idea what to say when people ask me what I do, I do a lot of things - I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend, chief chef in my kitchen, I love my camera and spend a lot of time with it,  I sketch, I am a great bathroom singer ... there have been times when people have asked me what I do, I have looked them in the eye and said 'nothing'. I really really can't have my identity tied to anything. I am just me, what do I do? - I live my life each day, one day at a time and try and treat myself to what life has to offer to the best of my abilities. I don't feel the need to identify myself to any category, or anything but to myself.

That is probably why I gravitate to my camera. There are no rules, no coloring in the lines. My camera does not frown back if I make a terrible picture. There is  light and your shutter. Endless possibilities...

Going back to the conversation. "Do you use photoshop?" My cryptic response was in the affirmative. Well I think I just failed not only the test of friendship but also the  title of a photographer. The whole evening, the lady never spoke to me as though I had broken a creative code and was a photographer from the dark side, trying to find redemption in photoshop.

No offense taken, as humans we all live with pre conceived prejudices and have stereotypical image of how things should be. I have been trying hard to unlearn, and break that barrier of definition, to try and become a better artist and more important a better human being.

I had not touched my camera for the last week, and for me that is a long time. I picked up my camera and a few props was around 3pm, cloudy n' dark. By the time I got myself some coffee, got my creative juices working.... the sun was down. I was really disappointed and a bit upset too. I decided to make the most of what I have,  I armed myself with a torch, a mirror, a few reflectors, a couple of black cards to block light. Shine the torch to the mirror, reflect the light to a glass and shine it on the subject....kept playing and it was almost intoxicating. My knees gave way, else I would have gone ahead for a few more hours. There is so much more to light, than confining it to a wavelength.

Some images from the experiment...

Don't be afraid of artificial light- take a torch and march your song.

Photography, Simi Jois photography. tutorial

Photography, Simi Jois photography. tutorial

Photography, Simi Jois photography. tutorial

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