With a click of the mouse, my latest work is saved to my computer. It may have taken days, weeks or months to get to this point; but the satisfaction of bringing a rough notebook sketch to this point never loses its joy.
Over five years ago I started teaching myself photo manipulation through Youtube tutorials (my favourite channel was and still is Phlearn started by Aaron Nace). Through free trials and many errors I learned how to use different software, but quickly settled on the photographer’s package from Adobe.
I’ve also learned the importance of searching out creative work you’re drawn to. Figuring out what you like and why you like it will help you develop a style within your own personal projects.
For me discovering American artist Brooke Shaden was a turning point. Not only did I like her work, but even more so; I liked her attitude to the whole process of creating. It made sense to me. I learned that my notebook, props, camera and computer are not what I should be focused on, they are simply tools - the final image is the goal and there are many ways to get there.
The realisation that the equipment I have, or don’t have, isn’t the most important part of the process is liberating.
Once the image is saved I love to complete the process by sending it off to be professionally printed. As my portfolio of work expands, and more people get the opportunity to see my work around the country, hearing new interpretations can be enlightening, as each viewer brings their own life experience to the images.
I have found that to trigger an emotional response; to connect with the viewer in some way is my ultimate goal and the very finest reward.