Contemplations with my camera
I enjoy exploring the world. From my little back garden in England to the open expanses of Antarctica. From the deep browns of my daughter’s eyes to the glowing purples of bluebells caught at sunrise. In moments of calm, I reflect on where I am and I am grateful. These moments are sacred to me. My mind is free from the clutter of distraction and I feel peace.
The camera is a tool for observation, interaction, creation and sharing. Every camera and every photo can capture a new perspective, a new reality. Is a river one unified body of water flowing to the sea or is it trillions of water droplets charging chaotically alongside one another? By altering the shutter speed, it can appear as both.
Human reality is observed visually through our eyes and processed by our brains. We naturally assume this is the only reality. But this is only one perspective. How about a fly? How do flies avoid being swatted? It turns out they watch time move more slowly. For dogs, TV can be an incoherent flicker of lights because their refresh rate is higher than that of the TV. Different realities are formed by different perspectives.
And so I enjoy creating different perspectives of reality with my camera. It helps me to challenge the reality that I think I know and to view my life in a broader context. I recognise a connection exists between us all and this in turn influences my behaviour. Starting a car, I recognise the fumes from the burning diesel are affecting the air you breathe. So I try to walk. Similarly, I understand that my thoughts are affecting you too.