We all have our own distinct way of seeing and when people ask me “How do I take pictures like that?” my response is “Please don’t even think it is necessary to try.
The last few years have seen me able to travel to far flung areas courtesy of a bequest I received but my heart remains firmly attached to my adopted Pembrokeshire. Without doubt with all its changing seasons and weather patterns above both land and sea it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
I first picked up a camera at the age of nine and was taught by my father to print in black and white at eleven. The excitement of that first batch of prints appearing from blank sheets of paper as we hunched over developing trays in a temporarily converted bathroom darkroom began a life time involvement in the art. Then it was dodging and burning to bring creativity to the prints now it is increasingly complicated cameras and sometimes the help of software. I don’t use Photoshop much preferring to set the camera up for the effect I need and use the viewfinder to crop in tight but I do find the ability to change the shape of the image to square very useful.
I was born in 1950 and have seen many changes since then: access to the internet means we are all far more aware of issues facing the world and mankind today than we were able to be before. It feels as though we are all connected to one another and the world we live in. I try through my work to share my own view of the journey we are on: sometimes in landscape, sometimes in glimpses of people within this and sometimes in objects which by their shape and colour cut through complexity to the simplicity we perhaps all need.
We all have our own distinct way of seeing and when people ask me “How do I take pictures like that?” my response is “Please don’t even think it is necessary to try: what is important is that we all have our own way of seeing and that by sharing that we come to understand one another just a little bit more. Each is as valuable as the other”.
My belief is that connecting to one another at grass roots will eventually help us to celebrate difference and in doing that wars will stop and people will care for one another enough to share food and resources. It is the responsibility of all artists to help this process for as long as it takes.