I am really fortunate to be part of FPOE, a community of women who are connected by photography. Even though we all share the same passion, I am fascinated by how different we all are. For example, I am curious and love to quietly observe. I started to wonder how our different personalities affect our view through the lens. So I asked:
What personality traits or unique skills do you have
that contribute to your photography? Is it:
…your compassion that is reflected in your portraits of people?
…your observant nature that finds the smallest details?
…your adventurous spirit that takes you to interesting locations?
Here are some of the responses I received:
Geekgirly describes herself as bold, which is a word she says others have used to describe her photography. It is certainly true when you see the sharp contrast or a single pop of colour in her images.
Crissy from Dull Blue Light notes her attention to detail as an asset, and says she sees the little things to which “most people never would have paid attention.”
Two women gave almost opposite answers:
Martha of Dragonfly Photography is “fearless” and doesn’t follow standard operating procedures like her scientist husband. “He says I ‘Forrest Gump’ my way through the process… I have no technical knowledge and refuse to learn proper camera technique.”
Ashleigh of Bleu Oiseau has a scientific background (a degree in Resource Biology and an interest in Ornithology) which is “why you see a lot of birds and landscapes” in her photography. The challenge is finding a creative balance, though. Ashleigh says, “I took a photography class in college and my professor said my photos were too forensic.”
Others had some very deep thoughts on the matter:
Kell from Blackcurrant Shop uses her knowledge of portraiture and art history to bring life to her floral subjects. “I try to think of my flowers as models… I want the image to evoke an emotion, like a portrait would.” Day to day, she also keeps her mind “switched on to how things would look through the lens,” so she can go back later and look more closely with her camera.
Sonya from Kanelstrand views photography as “a way of living,” and that “every bit of a photographer’s character is mirrored in her photography.” She is patient, observant and quiet- “traits that help me when I am outdoors, taking photos,” she says. Her imagination comes to life at home while processing her work. “By applying your skills, character and vision to that moment, you create a story for your viewers and that is what art is all about.”
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