Sometimes looking back is the only way to move forward.
I have noticed a change in the way I see and it’s not just to do with learning and growing but also apparently with physical changes in my sight. When I started making photographs they were all about the graphics; it seemed that was what really hit me when I saw something.
Over the past 12 – 18 months I am seeing better tonally, and it’s quite amazing. To see variations in colour and tone that hadn’t been apparent before, rather than line and form. To want to make pictures that are softer, richer and more delicate, yet have fine and sharp detail. In that same time the pictures that attract me have changed, looking back to the old paintings of New Zealand that I’ve referred to before.
And I’m getting older.
There’s a great documentary I just caught the tail end of recently, about how we all see differently because of the physical differences in our eye structure. Which must change with age along with all the other sagging bits. That’s got me interested. Now I just have to track it down.