It’s amazing what you can find on the internet once you’ve finally ‘completed’ Facebook (and no, it’s not what you’re thinking). I was sat in bed last week and I stumbled across a link that took me to the London Photo Festival’s website; it looks like it’s been running for a while and it attracts a fairly healthy following.
Now, when I decide to do something that requires me to put myself out there I normally think about it long enough for the self doubt to talk me out of it; however, being ill, sat in bed for hours on end and loaded on all sorts of painkillers apparently gives you the same sort of confidence you find when you’re cutting shapes on the dance floor on a shady Friday night.
Having received confirmation of my entry, the fear starts to set in; I find out that the theme is ‘the four elements’ and I need to submit the photo within a week. After a quick Pinterest search and scrolling through hundreds of conceptual photos I immediately start to regret my decision, this is not my style at all; I like taking pictures of people doing weird stuff or looking a bit edgy. A few more photos scroll by and I come across a pretty cool photo of Steve McQueen smoking in a bath tub with a very attractive lady friend – gives you an idea of what inspires me.
I immediately message a friend that I feel I can easily persuade to have some photos taken whilst potentially being semi-nude; 5 minutes later and she’s said yes.
D-day… it’s immediately obvious that we’re both super apprehensive about the whole situation – why did we ever think this was going to be an easy ‘thing’? We take a few test shots for lighting and positions and she goes her way; we both know that we won’t be doing the semi-nude shoot that’s for sure.
This leaves me without a model and about 3 days left to take and submit a photo. I decide to jump in the bath myself and this was the result.
I work as a programme supervisor in Design at Jaguar Land Rover, it’s my responsibility to bring to reality all the cool sketches you see car designers draw; it also means that I’m surrounded by creatives whom I get to see express their skill in their everyday work. My outlet however has felt a little stifled, or rather non-existent recently and having found myself with a lot of spare time in the past few months, I decided to pick up the camera and start a blog in order to revive that creative outlet and in the hope that maybe someday I could work as a professional photographer.