Standing by a church, I was at a cross roads. What caught my eye was a sign saying ‘Making Space’. With the start of the New Year, many people make resolutions – although often abandoning them at some point during the year. However, with a very busy 2012 with various commissions, I was beginning to miss having time for my own personal photography. I enjoyed the commissions immensely, but it’s often a very different type of photography to what I would normally do.
While I would like to still have commissions, the ‘Making Space’ sign symbolised how I felt towards my personal photography. Deep down, I want to have more space for it and to develop it. My creative juices have been flowing and have been feeling very strong recently. I want this to be the impetus to get on with some of my own photography.
I find it is a fine balance between the photography I am asked to do and the photography I want to do. While the commissions do pay and there is some creativity involved, the photos are for the client and reflect what they want. I enjoy working with people to create something that is meaningful for them.
However, my personal photography shows how I see the work – and how I reflect the world back at itself. I have been feeling a change, or perhaps a maturity, in my photography, and hope to explore this more in 2013. Perhaps this is my New Year’s resolution!