There's something about the moving image that claims me...
Despite a lifelong love affair with the still image I have found myself having something of a dalliance with video, or as I rather pretentiously like to call it - film.
It’s full of challenges and takes forever to even come close to mastering but once the medium has got its claws under my skin I find it hard to turn away. Could it simply be the challenge of the new? Or maybe the challenge of the challenge?
After working with video for perhaps 15 years now, ever since the arrival of the 5D mk2, I’ve felt like I’ve been doing wrong. As if I’ve been unfaithful to my core discipline.
But finally, now that I see the deep impact video has on viewers I’ve decided to try harder to let myself off the hook. I need to remember that I now try not to call myself solely a photographer. I prefer the name Creative however precious that may sound. This lets my mind wander more freely around the stories that call out to me and gives me license to write, shoot or film my way through the deep language that the land speaks in.
Here’s a little something I’ve worked on over the past fortnight, specifically for work that I do with Nicola, and within hours of posting on our website it’s garnered over 50 comments, and counting!
Already it’s made people gasp, cry, gaze in awe, be lost for words and more. If you want to see the full story that accompanies the film I've added it to my Earthlight site here...
I rarely take a still image that speaks so eloquently to so many. Don’t worry, I’ll never hang up my still cameras, that’s in my bones. But I am going to let myself off the hook more often when I feel like mixing it up a bit.