Story behind the 14-Day Photo Creativity Challenge
After 20-years working in a technical area of photography, I didn't take photos personally and really disliked photography. This became apparent when my mum passed away and I tragically discovered only 6 photos over her last 9 years as my 3 kids grew up. It was then that I realised photos were a gift for others.
I suspended my prejudice toward the smartphone, took more photos of my family and myself. Surprisingly, I discovered a passion for taking photos of landscapes and flowers. I knew all the technical stuff; however, creativity and capturing those stunning photos was a real struggle. I didn't get it and was a real frustration until I shared a coffee with my professional photographer friend Kyle from 20West Photography. He explained that his creativity came from applying photography principles and guidelines to every photo.
I couldn't believe it, what I thought was my weakness could become my strength. A systematic approach to photography was the answer. The big AHA moment was thinking about how all the elements in the photo would attract, hold, guide or detract and viewer's attention and affect their experience. My results accelerated like never. My photos had a purpose, emotion, communicated something, they were special and meant something.