Of inspiration striking at inopportune times


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Over the past couple of months I’ve had a few different people ask me where I get my ideas from; but when I say “they just come into my head” they seem … disappointed?

To say they just come into my head is a mixture of both a very overactive imagination which I’ve had since a young age, and the fact I take inspiration from everything around me. I would suspect that most of my ideas are something which I have seen somewhere before; even if I’m just taking a very small part of it and making the rest of it my own. To say that anything we do is unique in this day and age is not plausible; it’s just a case of taking inspiration from where you find it and adding in you.
I could sit here and list photographers who inspire me; but that would do a disservice to those who I forget to mention.

I love things which are mystical and surreal. I adore nature. People who can capture (or create) a sense of magic from the world around us.

Magic I think is a key word in where I take inspiration from. As well as looking to others who have the same hobbies and passions as I do, I also take a lot of inspiration from the books I read, the films that I watch and the music I listen to. I am a total book worm and will pretty much read anything I can get my hands on; but my favourite genre is fantasy, with my favourite books of all times being by Robin Hobb.
I love mythology and things from a world which might of might not have existed. I want to believe that Atlantis exists.
I love folk metal, black metal (and to a lesser extent) death metal. I love the kind of videos these bands create and the lyrics they have. It’s normally dark, but from darkness I think beauty can be found.

One of my favourite bands of all time is Enslaved, and this is one of my favourite songs by them

And this is my most favourite band ever, and they have been so for 10 years now. I love love love My Dying Bride

This is where I get my inspiration from; others around me, the music I like, the books I read and my very overactive imagination.

Many hands make light work

Today has seen me trying some new things in post processing. This is the second edit I did, which is more or less unheard of for me, and I’ve spent nearly 4 hours on the two shots in total.

Normally I have a clear idea, and I know what I need to do in shot to achieve as close to it as possible so that I don’t have to spend hours editing in post.
Today I wanted to try out new things, which always makes the process that little bit more difficult.

This is pretty much what I had in mind though, so I am glad that I got there; however as these things I imagine (seriously I can never spell that word) that I will improve on the techniques and end up not liking this one too much.
With the first edit I made everything vastly over complicated. I had head, six hands, hair all from different shots to try and achieve what I had in mind when I set out 100%.
It wasn’t working so I started again using different images and ended up with this.

Happy to have tried new things ^-^

I’ve been feeling quite inspired by ideas these last two days; I don’t know if it’s being off work which has caused it but I’ve had so many that I’ve had to start writing them all down again.
I normally have a very good memory and so I think up everything I need for a shot (props, lighting, location) and then just run with it – no need to write anything down. But there comes a point where I have that many ideas that I have to write them down because my brain becomes over saturated with concepts and ideas and snippets that I end up forgetting some of them.

Since I’ve changed styles, or should I say found myself stylistically, I often wonder if I should use other people in my work. Models, “regular Joes”… but I can never come to any kind of conclusion. Sometimes yes it would be easier to use someone else. But. I enjoy using myself. Not in an egotistical way, because a lot of the time I’m fairly small in the frame or you can’t see my face. I think I enjoy putting myself in the shot because then I am a part of it, a part of the other place inside the camera where life is infinity more interesting. More majestic.
I guess I am creating places where I want to be, and this is why I can’t seem to not use myself in the shot. I want to be able to physically  see myself in these mystical places. I don’t want other people to intrude in my personal space (metaphorically speaking).

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