Our youngest fellow, Vin, has finally started school. It's been a bit of a busy time in the last months, although I can testify to the fact that I can't really recall the last occasion that I've felt things are slow. I now find myself with pockets of time that I can sometimes use to take pictures for my own enjoyment.
I've also been learning. One of the things about being a photographer is that you are often very alone in your work. I've been disconnected from the photographic community for a really long time now, as there really wasn't much I could contribute when I was knee deep in kids. I remember a couple of years ago, going to a succession of exhibition openings for people I knew from my time as a photographic tutor, and as a fully fledged card-carrying member of the professional photog scene. Going to those things as a stay at home mum was really surprisingly intense and weird, and I felt like not only did I not have a whole lot to say about the work (being somewhat out of practise), but the people I knew from that old life really didn't know what to say to me. I was out of context. Having children gradually became what defined me, and I felt like a has-been, and a might-never-be-again. It was depressing.
As the kids have moved off to kindy, and now to school, I've had more opportunity to use my art brain again. I've been to galleries, read things about creativity, and started to really contemplate what will make me into a better photographer. I know I need to keep edging towards stronger portfolio work - technically cleaner, with a more absolute control over the light. I've been learning too - following food photography workshops by people like Andrew Scrivani and Penny de los Santos. I'm starting to work on using light sources other than window light. I'm also considering the purpose of the images I'm making. Are these for hanging on a wall? illustrating a cookbook? selling a product? I am planning and shooting now with purpose. Hopefully that'll start to become apparent in the pictures over the coming months.
Here are a small handful of images from the last little while. Again, these are 5-10 minute shoots, so I'm not dragging out the studio lights quite yet, although that's going to start happening soon. But, I think my vision is getting clearer.