I learn about myself and the world through photography. Going out into the streets with my camera, I move slowly toward truths both big and small. Through the portal of the lens, I find the world renewed, changed somehow. I can see it in a new way. And with experimental photography, I am free to continue pursuing those truths even after the shutter opens and closes.
It begins with inspiration. The world calls my attention to it. I have to find a way to capture it through the camera -- asking questions about framing, lighting, and how to evoke the feeling the moment gives me. And back in my home, there are still so many questions to explore. In manipulation and printing techniques, my journey continues to dig deeper into what I found.
But perhaps the most exciting part of experimental photography is that, because the search for the image is so open, you don't get bored easily. I'm restless, and doing the same thing over and over again quickly tires me out. But in this new genre, I've found a way to endlessly return to the task.
Experimental photography not only keeps me engaged with my work, it also brings me into closer contact with the medium. I'm self-taught, which means I'm always trying to learn new techniques.
My journey started in digital photography -- only switching to analogue a short while ago. Of course, digital photography makes taking pictures so easy, but it separates you from the process. When I began with film photography, I took my pictures and then handed them off to the lab to be processed.
Then I discovered film soup, a development technique that we'll talk more about below. Learning this brought me into an even deeper connection, and I own it all to experimental photography.
Up to this point, I've created three series in the form: Illusion, Crossing Boundaries and Saving Face. Still, I continue to explore. With the new approach for abstract photography, I continue to develop my art and my relationship with the medium. So I thought I'd devote an entire post to it, as it has meant so much to me. And hopefully, it will mean as much to you.