I’ve decided to start a dedicated series of blog posts called “Word Play”, and there is no better day to start than today – Mother’s Day.
The basic idea is to connect a specific word or phrase with an image so as to elicit an emotion in you, the viewer. The aim of ‘Word play’ is twofold: First, it makes me think about the images I am capturing and forces me to understand what it is that I want the viewer to be thinking or feeling. It is good discipline to think about the feelings and emotions that I want to convey before (rather than after) I take the photo. This way, I’m purposefully constructing images in my mind before I take them, rather than just hoping that what I get has some semblance of depth and meaning.
Second, I need practice. While I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of “setting up” the studio, I sometimes forget to reflect on how or why I did it. Photography is all about composition and lighting. Knowing how to modify light and where to put it is one of the most crucial elements of taking a technically-good photo. ‘Word play’, and the necessary ‘concept-to-photo’ planning, will help me to become more purposeful in my approach to lighting. Having purpose is the first step to developing knowledge and intuition.
Each blog post in the ‘Word Play’ series will be titled with the word or phrase that I’m trying to convey. This first post is titled “mirabile visu”, which is Latin for “wonderful to behold” or alternatively “wonderful to see”. It’s for all you wonderful Mothers out there who i’m sure will appreciate these two images.
I hope you enjoy my images as much as I’m sure I’ll enjoy creating them.