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Mmm.  So, what’s my photographic style?  It’s a question I’m pondering as part of a wonderful course I’m taking with Susannah Conway, called Photo Meditations.

I’ve been taking photographs in earnest for not quite a year.  When I started last year, it’s not that I was completely new to photography.  I had an SLR back in my early university days, an Olympus – OM1, which I just loved.  With a lens that was macro and telephoto combined.  Best lens ever!  At least, that’s how I felt about it.  I just loved that camera and lens.  But, it was stolen a few years into university.  So disappointing.  I replaced it when I could, but it just wasn’t the same.  It wasn’t the OM1 I had loved.  And, I didn’t pick up photography again for, well, decades really.  And, then, I bought myself a little Sony digital point and shoot.  Heaven.  I love this camera.  I gave it to myself as a gift when I completed my MBA just a few years ago. But, still, it wasn’t until last year that I started using my camera in earnest – almost every day.

I find incredible joy in digital photography.  I love that I can shoot a subject a number of times, experimenting with the composition and playing with the light.  I learn by doing, and the digital camera allows me to snap away, and learn away, without the worry of spending a fortune on film processing!

But, what about my style!  Well, I don’t think I’ve really found it yet.  I know I love to photograph trees, and the sky..and the moon!  And, I love the play of light and shadows.  I love to see what I can capture in an instant – in that short moment, when something’s grabs your eye but you don’t have long to shoot.  Those images are captured in my ‘Drive By’ series.  Overall, though, I don’t think there’s a ‘Juli’ photograph.  At least, not yet.

The image above.  I just love it.  It’s one of the images for my ‘Drive By’ series.  It’s part of a billboard advertising the a new production which has just come to town.  I drove past it a few times before I was able to capture an image of it.  The old brick wall with the flaking yellow paint, the wires cutting across the diagonal, the beautiful, flowing image of the horse in the midst of edgier urban elements. Love it!

But tomorrow’s image may be altogether different.  My photography style is very much a work in progress.  Still being uncovered.  Still unfolding.  And, I kind of like that.  I am pushing the edges of my work, to see what I might discover.  What surprises.  What provides joy.  What’s creates beauty.  I love the sense of possibility.  There is joy in that, too.

So, stay tuned! More to come in this space…soon!

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