About my photography

Photography is a part-time hobby but it’s 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 am 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 is one objective of writing the blog but my main aim is to go beyond that to delve deeper and tease out my inner thoughts about photography and why it is such an important hobby for me.

In addition to the images, my blog also explores techniques (such as Intentional Camera Movement) and shares insights and ideas from other experiences I find relevant to photography. Ideas such as ‘personal construct theory’ which is something we use to 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 often linked to deeper connections with an image. It also helps to explain different reactions from people to the same photograph.

‘Visual intelligence’ is another example of an idea I will be exploring. This neurophysiological phenomenon explains how our brain makes sense of the light striking our eyes and converts it into a three-dimensional view of the world. It helps to explain many of the ‘compositional rules’ we use to help give the impression of depth in our two-dimensional photographs.

The title of the blog, ‘Images, Ideas and Reflections‘ refers to the three types of posts in the blog. Thank you for taking the time to visit. 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 – 1 March 2018


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