When I attended Blog On MSI I really tried to focus on photography sessions, John Arnold’s had included a photo walk around the steam hall at MSI into his session.
To say I have boys and have spent many hours traipsing round and taking trips on steam trains, if I am honest I don’t get excited about them.
But I do get excited about urban looks and cities; the new and the old blending together like it was meant to be. Cobblestones and old telephone boxes make me smile the hugest smile that probably makes me look a little mad. But hey I can’t help it; some simple things in life are just so beautiful. Yet people walk by or over them every day, they never stop to marvel at their beauty and that makes me a little sad.
But then beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and one mans treasure is another mans junk. I am instantly motivated by all things pretty and flowery yet there is something deeply moving about an old rusty phone box, think how many love stories have been played out in that tiny little space, how many hearts broken but also how many beautiful happy moments, how many prank calls, reverse charges and people sheltering from the rain? If only we ha little cameras to watch back in time.
So actually as I walked round looking at the beauty of these ordinary objects it made me smile, made me wish I could see the memories and traces of time gone by. But I had to be content in seeing these little icons of our wonderfully amazing country, looking at them in a different light.
The incredible thing about going outside your comfort zone is that John was at hand, like a little photography angel looking over your shoulder into your lens, offering tips and advice on how to improve the shot; stand back, zoom in, up the iso all such welcome advice.
Sometimes that’s what it needs isn’t it? Someone to make you see things in a totally different prospective, someone with a huge creative passion and a different set of eyes, to analyse your shots and always strive to improve that photo.