Whilst I’ve been making photographs with intention for perhaps 12 years now, it took me a while to get to a place where I was proud of a photograph I’d made.
This image from 2009 stands out in my memory as one that took my approach to a different level.
Rather than just taking snaps of pretty flowers, dew dropped spider webs and sunsets, this was one that had more thought and, for me, more emotion behind it. I even titled it, something I rarely do now.
There’s not a great deal I remember, other than I was travelling on a train away from someone I’d previously had an intense relationship with, and which was now falling apart.
Focusing on the dirty window and forcing everything in the background to blur mirrored my state of mind (this was before I had any idea about aperture and depth of field – I just experimented with locking the camera(phone)’s focus until it looked how I wanted it to).
Though my image of this person and our relationship had become tainted (like the dirty window), the feelings were still vivid enough for them to be at the forefront of my mind, and force all other thoughts into the background.
It’s also a reminder to me now that once again you don’t need sophisticated and fancy kit to make photographs you like. This was taken with 5MP Sony Ericsson camera phone (the predecessor even to this one), years before I even bought a “proper” camera.
What was the first photograph you were proud of?
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