About my photography

Photography is a part-time hobby but it is an important part of my life. It encourages me to look more intensely at the world around me. It encourages me to think more about what I see.

My special interest is landscape photography. I find myself drawn towards ‘intimate landscapes’ (as they’re described in the context of Eliot Porter’s exhibition of that name). I particularly like abstracts based on the patterns, textures and graphic elements found in the natural world but of course I still like the ‘wow’ of wide vistas particularly where a sunrise or sunset is involved.

Sharing images through this blog is one objective of writing the blog but my main aim is to go beyond that to delve deeper to tease out my inner thoughts about photography and why it is such an important hobby for me. The title of the blog , ‘Images, Ideas and Reflections’ captures the three main types of posts I write. Consequently, in addition to the images, my blog also explores techniques (such as Intentional Camera Movement) and shares insights and ideas from other experiences that I find relevant to photography. Ideas such as ‘personal construct theory’ which is something we use to help us organise our thoughts and feelings about the world around us. It’s a theory that explains how superficial statements such as “I like this photograph” are usually linked to deeper psychological connections with an image and can help to explain different reactions from people to the same photograph.  ‘Visual intelligence’ is another example of an idea I’m drafting a post on at the moment.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I am always grateful for comments on an image or other aspects of a post. My goal is to become a better photographer. Feedback helps.

David Collins

11 May 2017

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