Photography and Emotions

I’ve always believed that the way and what we are feeling greatly affects how we edit our images. I can almost map my feelings through my work. Let me walk through this……..

I named the attached images “Little things” because it is the little things that we feel and the way we process our emotions that makes us  who we are. At the same time it is those same emotions that makes us who we are.

I have a history of keep my emotions down and I’ve noticed that it shows through my work

Little Things

I edited the image above the day that I wrote this article.  

If you read the article in the link, you will  know that my feathers were a little more than ruffled that night. The only way I know to work through what I feel is by doing what I know best.

Little things II

Unbeknown to myself, a couple of weeks later I edited the same image again. Only this time, I was a lot calmer and collected. Having seen both images together, I’m not sure which is my favourite.

The aim behind each image  is to always be able translate how I felt when I captured each image. However, the edit is different each time. One thing I’ve learned is that photography is an art. And as an art it is an exploration of oneself as much as a creation of images. Every photograph you make is a culmination of what you have experienced, what you have thought, who you have loved, all combined with your skill as a photographer.

As a result, our photographs are a reflection of who we are, and our lives can be read in them.

 

 

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The Variation series – Part I Simplicity

One of my favourite to do with my work is work in series. Creating series allows me to work at my own pace and most importantly create a coherent story.

At the time, I am working on two to three series at a time, a remedy that I find to work against monotony boredom. The series that I am introducing to you today is my “Variation Series”.

This series started as an exercise but grew into something else. I chose a subject and I wanted to see how many composition I could create but I started to think about how we see things.

We are all different so our way of perception is also different so how many can one create based on one subject.

Here I share with you the first part of this series.

Learning to curate……

I’ve always heard photographers and curators talk about curating your work. Although I heard the term often I had absolutely no idea what they meant until I decided to make a zine. There’s no better to learn than to be thrown into the deep end to lean things.

It is said that curation is key. What is meant by that? In a simple word, not everything that is captured needs to be published. I had to learn to not only create but choose images that represented me and my vision. As much as we like not to think about it, every image we put out represents us, so it good to think about what we are about to publish.

Through this journey, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I created 3 zines in total before ending up with the final printed zine. One of the best compliments that any of us can get is when someone sees our knows whose work it is. I for one know when I see a Salgado or a Mckenna image, I instinctively know the photographer. That’s my aim, to create a body of work that is of my vision, define me as a photographer and truly for itself.

My work has changed over the years but it is normal as I am still growing. But it was only when I started sorting the images for this that I noticed subtle changes and additions that have creeped up in my work. It is those differences that make our work different to other photographer’s.

As artists, we get excited about new projects that we are working on and we tend to overshare. We are all different when it comes to our workflow. Due to the extensive edits I carry out on my work, I am not able to create nor share images on a daily basis. It took me quite a long time to realise that. However, due to all the information that are flying at us from every angle, it is first impressions that count. You are only good as your last image. It is not a point of view that I agree with but that’s the reality and that’s just how the internet works.

For this reason, I took my time to carefully select the images to go in the zine. There were a few thing that I struggled with. Deciding on the images to not use and the images that worked and which simply that are simply not good enough. I had to completely change the way I was thinking. I had to be completely objective to the verge of being brutal. Even though, some images were personal favourite, I chose not to include them.

The other thing I had to learn was to take criticism, that is constructive criticism. After I finished, the fist zine I showed it friends and family. People that I trusted to be honest. As I had original thought on first impression, it simply wasn’t good enough so I had to go back to the drawing board.

I streamlined the theme and then redesigned the layout and then reprinted a proof. Even after this, I had the feeling that something else was missing but what was it?

I am not use to putting words to images. What helped was my original process of working. I have a habit of naming each image according to what I’m feeling, thinking so that helped with this process. What was missing was the words to the images, my process, what is personal to me about these images.

After having written this, I knew the zine was ready to be printed. I’ve attached a few images of zine as well as some images included in the zine for you to see.

I will be doing a live talk about the zine on Saturday at 8pm GMT on Instagram and go through the process in depth. My Instagram handle is @pamelaaminou if you would like to join me.

 

Zine Cover
Zine inside pages
Zine inside pages
One of the images in the Zine

My first zine……

I’ve been creating for a while now and  I felt that I need something tangible. Something that would allow me to push myself further in my work. There’s nothing better than seeing  your work printed. You can also learn so much through printing. All the flaws, every little thing that you may have missed, everything is revealed.

For that reason I really exited to announce my first self- published Zine. A small collection of my recent work. It is a collection of some my favourite images. It is the first big step that I’ve taken since I’ve started on this journey.

This particular zine took about 4 months to put together. Images, design and everything have been put together by myself then came the proofing to find the right paper to use for the images.

It is a 40 page A4 zine printed right here in the UK. I’ve only printed a limited amount of 150 copies to be purchased and it would truly mean a lot if you can purchase a copy. It is now available to order. Kindly email me at pamela.aminou@gmail.com your interest.

Thank you all for your support!!!

 

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Photography and mortality

I’ve recently started to read a photographer named Eric Kim’s blog and I came across one of his articles on why we photograph?

Eric mentioned that “Photography is a meditation on mortality. Whoever we photograph will eventually die. And we will eventually die. We seek immortality through making photos.” This got me thinking on whether it is true.

I certainly agree that it is a meditation for me but I haven’t thought as far as my mortality as yet. But I’ve come to agree with his point of view. We will all eventually die, and what we create will eventually be our legacy. We are all familiar with photography Masters. Why do we consider them masters and why do we love their work?

We consider as such because they are the master of their field and we love their work because it is unique to the individual which is what I love. You can see the difference between Henri Cartier-Bresson images and that of Brassaï. Their strive to be themselves and tell their own stories which make them personal.

Late last year, I was reminded of how much life is short and I promised myself to make the most of everyday. This reminder pushes me to be a little more personal in my work and to create whenever possible. Maybe it is my way to subconsciously deal with my mortality.

Why do you you photograph?

 

 

 

 

Film rolls – British museum London

Since I decided to improve my film images too I’ve decided to share with you images from my third roll of 35mm. At the moment, I’m using HP5, simply because it is what was recommended to me. But I have also purchased the Kodak Tri X which is quite pricey but then again it might because I purchase it individually.

I’m only sharing the third roll as there were no results from the second roll I’ve shot and I was really disappointed as there were a few images that I would have loved to have come out.

These images were taken using the sunny 16 rule as I decided to ditch the light meter App on my phone. I didn’t expect any results from the rolls but my instincts seem to have paid off.

Below are the images scanned and unedited.

 

 

What is your camera to you?

When you first start on your photographic journey, you buy every magazine on the market with the How to quick guides……. We are taught that it is a good thing to learn but we are not taught to filter things.

I’ve bought many of those magazines and i still have plenty of them. However, one how to guide is followed by gear reviews along with many camera, tripods, camera bag advertisements. We all know that’s how the magazine makes money. My point is that you are almost programmed to be a gear hoarder. Ever noticed the gear list of every photographer featured? Almost making you feel as though if you do not have that particular camera you will not achieve that image.

I must say, I fell for it and believed it.

I started with a Nikon D40 and I still love a few images (I was only beginning) I created with that. As soon as I started, all I wanted was a full frame camera. Let’s be honest, I didn’t even know if I really needed it or it was going to do. However, I did keep keep the camera for few years until the shutter failed and needed replacement. The replacement would have costed me more than the camera so I chose to upgrade to a D90. The shutter failed within a week on that one too but couldn’t get it replaced as Nikon stopped production. I finally chose to upgrade to a Canon 5D. I’ve had this camera for now 3 years and I’m very.

Is it all I hoped for but I took the time to learn everything this camera can do. It now feels like an extended part of me. Would I upgrade again? No. Would upgrading can what I’m creating? No it will not.

I’ve come to learn that creating is about what is within me, what I’m trying to say and just as painters chose to use a canvas, I chose to use a camera.

How many new cameras have hit the market within the last year? The Sony A9, Canon 5D mark IV just to name a few. Would I pick them up, I have no desire to.

My desire is to a more confident with my work and learn to express myself better and my camera is just the tool that will help me achieve my goal.

What is your camera to you?