Mindfully, thoughtfully and with attention to detail.
Making a photograph that is of a quality that will stand the print test – that is working/looking good on paper is truly a craft in itself.
By putting this piece of work onto a carefully chosen sheet of paper is truly a manifestation of your inner creativity. Allowing the need for firstly your creative input in making the image in camera or by other means and secondly your creative output by printing that image on to paper.
Just as you can loose yourself in the creation of your photograph, you can also loose yourself in editing that photograph. Beyond that, loosing yourself in the printing process too. Three areas of meditation – each of which are potential areas where afterwards we feel a deep sense of satisfaction and nourishment – a smile in the mind as I call it – a sense that is carried with us once we are done and will carry over into our sense of wellbeing in the rest of our lives.
Editing as meditation
I can happily loose myself in editing my work – whether commissioned or my fine art work. It is a time for perpetual improvement and exploration. A space that allows me to explore new ways of achieving something or finding something new in a photograph. Preferring to make your own presets or actions over buying off the shelf ones is a way to develop a signature style.
When I am editing, I am completely switched off from the outside world – taking care of every stroke of my digital pen on its tablet, creating gentleness with every nuance of my colour palette. Mindfully and diligently bringing what was in my head at the moment of capture – how I saw, how I felt at that split second into alignment with the image in front of me.
The by-product of this is an awareness, calm and focus which translates into greater clarity in my every day.
What people will see is not a deliberate rendition of the literal, but more an expression of that precise moment – a communication of the joy of that moment – the visceral moment – the sounds , the smells, the sights beyond the camera and the textures of things – the feel of things. Crisp fallen leaves that surround a clump of crocus on the floor of a woodland glade. Sun shining and the visiting of bees on a sunny day in early Spring. The taste of the fragrance of nearby Almond blossom wafting on a faint breeze.
To bring the pixels back to this – in a slow, sure, deliberation fashion is a true meditation, nest pas? The choices we make and how we respond to those moments are true expressions of creativity. The more conscious we are of expressing our real selves , all that we are, the more our creativity will grow – don’t analise it – simply let it flow and focus on what is in front of you.
This way is the polar opposite of the general idea of meditation of sitting crossed legged in an empty space with your eyes closed, away from a twenty first life of computers.
By working this way you open the door to greater creativity – to release what is buried just under the surface but has gone unnoticed – releasing something that is unique to us and again adding to our signature style.
Imagine how it feels to receive a comments from people about how they recognise your work immediately…. For me, working this way is the key to those comments.