Variants on a theme

One thing I feel is worth pursuing is the idea of a theme in my photography. I like to photograph the same subject from different vantage points, often returning again and again, because the light will differ, or something I never noticed before becomes more prominent. But sometimes I shoot several images at the same location within a matter of minutes. I'm never economical with film. It's a storage mechanism for holding what I saw whilst there. So for me, film costs have never been an issue. I want to create good (if not great) art, so financial constraints of how much film I use doesn't even come into the equation. Likewise, even if I feel I've already got a composition nailed, I'll still continue to work with a scene, or a group of objects because simply put - I feel there's still untapped potential.

I think we have to be aware of our surroundings all the time. We have to be open to suggestion. As much as I love to work on a group of objects within the scene, I know when enough is enough. I also know that tantilisingly, there may be an even better image awaiting my discovery only just a few feet away from where I'm standing. I never understand why someone wishes to shoot the exact same spot for the entire session. But likewise, I never understand it when someone shoots only one image of a scene and thinks it's enough. Each piece of scenery that resonates with me, often requires a few attempts to get the best out of it. I sometimes find that what I intended to capture turns out to be a half-baked idea compared to the final composition I end up with. The first image is perhaps just my introduction to a subject. It is an advertisement that draws me in. And once it has my attention, I begin to discover so much more about it.

Photography is a balancing act between haste and stagnation. Being flexible enough to keep moving, but also having the experience, or temperament to stay put and work with a subject and explore its many possibilities, is a fine skill to possess.