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Defining myself as a Photographer!

Posted by on July 22, 2012

Last Friday I went out with my photography group for the evening.  We walked along the Sunset Strip capturing what was happening before us.  Each of us had a way of going about things.  In these practices it often takes me awhile to find my groove, to find my energy with what I’m looking to capture.

The first shot I finally was happy with was this one below:

It had all of the elements I was finally looking for: color, beauty, serenity.   And the environment just made it work.

Then from that point I crossed the street and little window displays began to take hold of me:

And on that drive home as I thought of the pictures I took that night, and the next day when I played around with my photos I begin to question who I was as a photographer.

What type of things do I gravitate towards?  What do I see with my eyes that others miss or keep on walking by.  One part during the night there was a building “The Sunset Towers” which had a ton of glass surrounding it.  The building is actually pretty bland.  But, for me, as a photographer, I saw it as an opportunity to create a self portrait.  To play around with the glass to see what I could come up with:

And what I realized for myself is that I have a different way of looking at things.  I have an eye for the abstract, but making that abstract beautiful in the pictures around me.  It is what my eye gravitates towards, and what I enjoy taking photos of the most.   I love sculptures, they make me happy ;)

Now the next thing I need to figure out is what will I do with this knowledge!

Have you defined yourself as a photographer or figured out what kind of things your eye gravitates towards more than anything else? Lets have a conversation here.

12 Responses to Defining myself as a Photographer!

  1. Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

    Love your photography, and the abstract ideas you have captured so well! I have only recently had the time and energy to put into photography.
    I tend to gravitate towards scenery, especially water and trees. Didn’t realize this until one day I was looking at the photos that please me the most, and they all, without exception has trees and water involved. Now, my project is to get better acquainted with all the capabilities that my camera offers.
    Happy Shooting!!
    Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

    • Jamie

      I do gravitate towards water and trees a lot myself =) When I do that it is really about the composition for me… =)

  2. Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs

    Nature is one of my favorite things to photograph, besides my daughter. It seems the subject does all the work for me. I just sit back and push the button.

    • Jamie

      I also do enjoy the serenity that is nature… but after awhile I notice I do grow bored with it.

  3. Helena

    I do a lot of trees and water as well. It’s pretty easy to do here, but what really gets me is reflections. I find myself looking for the reflections whether in the river, on ice, in glass, or even in mud puddles. Haven’t tried taking a self-portrait that way yet though. :)

    • Jamie

      I really want to play with reflections. This is the part where I wish I was in Minnesota again because I’d have a heyday with some of the lakes ;)

  4. Marie Leslie

    Photowalks are one of my favorite creativity exercises. You have some great and fun shots here. Can’t wait to see more.

    • Jamie

      That’s what my photography group does. We go on a few walks throughout the city and capture different things. One of my favorites is capturing the boutiques in Beverly Hills… ;)

  5. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey

    Since I started to get more brave and learning things about photography I am addicted to food photography which is just natural having a foodie blog, but I do truly enjoy it. I am obsessed with finding cool props right now :)

    • Jamie

      I want to eventually write a post on food photography but I need to play around a bit more =)

  6. Angela Jordan

    I love abstract art and the expression in abstract photography! It’s a beautiful thing when you begin to divine your voice and point of view. Cant wait to see what’s in store!

  7. Alexis Grace

    Hmmm… I like different things about photography! Probably love details the most…. looking for what makes things special. Still figuring out what I want to do with the skills I have learned!

    Congrats on better understanding yourself and your hobby!

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