Category Archives: Sketchbook

Exploring my creativity …

I have been neglecting my creative side. Recently though I’ve been engaging with art and artists: during my father’s exhibition, at Lewes Art Wave and the Brighton Art Fair and I’m feeling an urge to do something beyond capturing images with my camera. Not that I don’t love it … but sometimes I feel I’ve been trying too hard to improve technically; working too hard from my brain instead of my heart and losing some of my spark. I have a backlog of images made in Cuba and Galapagos and have decided I’m going to experiment more with my post processing. Some lend themselves to being a pure representation of what I experienced – traditional travel photography, which I enjoy immensely – yet others I think can be explored more deeply. It occurs to me that I can use the blog as a form of digital sketchbook and this is a trial run …

I shot a series of images in Trinidad and Havana as I was fascinated by the colourful painted walls and doorways that were in often in great disrepair, particularly in Havana. I captured people as they walked past, sometimes early in the morning as I stood casually in one place. People do have a sixth sense though and many people noticed me which I quite like.

I wanted to add movement in post production so used layers, masks and varying transparency to create a sense of time passing. Not an original idea by any means but something to start me off! The development of one of the images is below, from the original shot to the (perhaps?) finished image.

Trinidada - Movement-1 Trinidada - Movement-2 Trinidada - Movement-3 Trinidada - Movement-4 Trinidada - Movement-5