One of the benefits of working in the f/7 Group—six other wonderful, local photographers who gather monthly—has been the challenge (and inspiration) of seeing the world differently—often through their eyes and photographs and comments about my work but also through the assignment of specific themes we agree to work on.
Photographs of “water,” the most recent theme, are nothing new to me. I realized, however, that was the problem: I often saw water in the same ways over and over. With the kinds of images I was making that was not all bad but the assignment caused me to open up to new possibilities.
I dug back through past work and saw much of it newly. I found the image above, of the sparkling sea from a high hill in Wales, to be stunning in its dramatic simplicity. Another way to see water and to appreciate a photograph that was lost among fifty thousand images.!
I also actively tried some new techniques (below) of dropping dye in water and photographing flowers through a spray of water. Neither may be “award-winning” but both caused ripples to form in the predictable ways I was seeing the world. It will be interesting to see how far they spread and what changes result.
I hung my part of the f/7 Montpelier Art Walk show last night and am reminded that my work, as satisfying as it is, is actually incomplete until it is shared with others. Thank you for being part of the process.