First of all, let me start by apologizing for the long hiatus; I got hung up in preparing images for competition, and an extended period of time in school associated with my full-time job. But thankfully that is all now well behind me, and I look forward to diving back into my photography pursuits.
Through it all, the one saving grace from my time away was taking my gear with me to Kansas City and having time away from school on the weekends to shoot; now I just need to bear down and get editing.
That said, I must return to where I left off – my mentor session with Dennis Hammon during the third day of Imaging USA. As you can figure, thousands of photographers attend Imaging USA; many, like myself, are first-time attendees. I found this opportunity for 20 minutes of one-on-one time with a very skilled and seasoned professional photographer to be very insightful. However, in retrospect it was 20 of the quickest minutes of my professional life.
It was refreshing to gain a new perspective on an approach to some of my favorite images. I spent a fair amount of time reworking my images, adjusting for the guidance Dennis offered, and am very hopeful it will pay off during the International Photographic Competition – which will take place in Atlanta Aug. 3-6.
More importantly than just modifying my previous work, Dennis’ counsel has provided me with new perspective in my approach to photography, which I am beginning to see reflected in some of my more recent work.
The last image I sought to shoot, and perfect, before going to school – “Innocent Serenity” – I feel is a perfect example of what I took away from that 20-minute session. In fact, a long-time friend and colleague said “of all your work you have shared with me, I think that is quite possibly the best image you have ever produced,” when he first saw it.
I am glad to be back; once again drawing from inspiration I have gained along the way, and I am now ready to continue moving forward in my journey of artistic growth.
“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams