why I love photography

December 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I recently had a discussion with a woman in from a 'mums in business' networking group that I'm a member of, and it sparked something for me. Through this, and following on from our chat, I started investigating the roots of my desire to pursue photography as more than 'just an expensive hobby'.

asparagusasparagusfresh British asparagus; styled and shot by London food and product photographer Marion Wotton

Turns out that my desire to build a business is both simple and quite complex, is rooted very much in who I am and where I want to be. I have always been fascinated by photographs, and the time and effort I have invested in building and developing my skills has only caused me to be more intrigued by light: how to capture it, how to manipulate it, how capturing light equals capturing a moment in time.

This has been - and I'm sure will continue to be - an important component in my vision for my business and a compass-bearing for my photography. I'd like to share a little of my 'why'. Why do I love photography? What is it about photography that intrigues me so much?

The challenge of capturing an image that I have visualised

drunk peardrunk pearAn autumnal portrait of the glorious, humble pear; styled and shot by London food and product photographer Marion Wotton __

The malleability of light through angles, experimentation and through the camera

double fingerprint heart pendant in silverdouble fingerprint heart pendant in silverSilver heart pendant with two fingerprints. Styled and shot by Surbiton-based product photographer Marion Wotton. Double fingerprint necklace pendant by Truly Silver. __

The challenge of using the knowledge that I have to achieve my visualised goals

handstamped silver spoonshandstamped silver spoonsPersonalised silver spoons, handstamped for Fathers Day. Styled and photographed by product photographer Marion Wotton __

The ability that I have to capture a moment in time through my camera - especially when it comes to capturing images of my children.

St Michael's, Barton, Cumbriagirl at St Michaels, Bartongirl at St Michael's Church, Barton (near Pooley Bridge)

As I get older, it is more and more apparent to me just how relative time is - it is as much as experience as a dimension that can be studied through physics. I distinctly remember that as a child the 6 weeks between my birthday and Christmas felt interminable. The long, hot days of early summer would stretch forever until the Southerly Buster arrived at 3pm like clockwork to relieve the muggy heat of the day. Yet now it feels like I blink and five minutes ago it was January, yet in another five minutes it will be Christmas again. 

 

I once thought that this perception might be the result of modern technology speeding up the pace of life - you send an email and expect a response within the hour instead of posting a letter and being happy with a response within a month. Make a phone call to someone’s mobile and they’re there to speak to you instead of ringing a home phone and hoping someone would be home to answer. But a conversation with my 95 year old grandmother clarified this for me. She told me “whatever speed life feels it’s at for you at the moment, enjoy it … I can tell you that it only ever feels like time is passing by faster”. Time is a precious commodity - especially the time that we have with our loved ones. My camera enables me to freeze moments in time to help crystallise memories and capture the essence of an experience. My camera is my time machine and it’s helping to build a time capsule of memories. 

 

The other important thing to remember is that with the pace of technological change, a printed memory is potentially a lot more ‘secure’ than a digital one. If any one of us looks through our family archives, it will contain physical prints of 100yr old photos, not daguerrotypes, glass plate negatives or celluloid film. Likewise in the future I don’t forsee our grandchildren opening an old shoebox full of USB drives or DVD-Roms. Chances are that the current technology needed to read the files on them will be in a museum by then.

If a moment is important enough to capture, I strongly believe it is important enough to print!


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