Following on from last years successful ’24 Mobile Photographers Til Christmas’ series and to celebrate the forthcoming festive season and another year in the timeline of Mobiography I have decided to repeat the series and showcase the work, thoughts and insights of 24 talented mobile photographers. Each featured photographer has inspired and supported me in one way or another during the course of the past 2 years and I will be asking them to offer an insight into their photography, to reflect on their year gone by or plans for the coming year ahead.
Each day until Christmas Eve we will be featuring one photographer in a sort of online advent calendar so to speak.
Today’s featured photographer is Paul Brown
My biggest takeaway about mobile photography this year is…
There is a very well known quote right up there at the forefront of my mind. It’s probably the first quote by a famous photographer that I came across when I started out on my mobile photography adventure.
“There are always two people in every picture, the photographer and the viewer.” (Ansel Adams).
Wise words from a photography genius. It’s a quote that made so much sense to me and still does.
However, as I reflect on 2014 and look ahead to 2015 my perceptions have changed. The meaning I place on these few short words has changed and 2014 is the year in which it happened.
I used to place equal weight on those two people one being ‘you’ and the other being ‘me’. I used to think that 50pct of the enjoyment for my photography was totally out of my hands. I started to feel a sense of pressure to live up to some undefined and probably unrealistic expectation. Nobody was putting this pressure on me except me. It was driving me crazy and my enjoyment of (mobile) photography was buckling under the weight.
Every day I heaped more pressure on myself to generate an image, not just any image but a good one. If I had a week’s worth of images to share it was like a massive weight being lifted off my shoulders.
Please don’t misunderstand me. The (mobile) photography community is a wonderful community to be a part of. I have met so many amazing talented inspirational people and it’s an honour to count so many of you as my friends. I respect your opinions deeply but…
My main takeaway from 2014 is to put ‘me’ back at the heart of my images. Keep things in perspective and remember that whilst I totally agree that there are always two people in every picture and I hope my friends continue to enjoy what I share, the most important ‘person’ in the picture is ‘me’.
I would like to wish everyone a wonderful festive period wherever you may be and toasting all my friends to a happy and successful 2015.