I am by no stretch of the imagination a photographer. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like taking pictures. I’ve been very lucky all my life to have lived in beautiful places, all prime places for taking beautiful photographs. I’ve never had a fancy camera or anything, but the iphones have really stepped up their game. Well, I shouldn’t say I’ve never had a nice camera. I did, once, for the year I lived in England, for which I was very grateful. The next year, though, I lost the camera, I think in the back of a cab, for which I will never forgive myself. But anyway.
Having lived in such beautiful places for all of fortunate life, and always having either that wonderful camera (r.i.p. see you never) or, in recent years, my iPhone handy, I have snapped some pretty great pics. Not to toot my own horn or anything. Which just goes to show that you don’t have to be a photographer to capture beautiful images. Sure, I can’t edit the pictures worth anything, and I haven’t even attempted to use photoshop in years, but hey, that’s why we pay the real photographers the big bucks.
Admittedly, it helps that I’ve always had nice things to photograph. That is, my surroundings. Granted, I have, as is to be expected, taken a whole lot of pictures of my friends and family, but it helps to have a backdrop of a forest in mid-autumn, or a snow-capped mountain (never lived anywhere with a snow-capped mountain close by, but I’ve visited!). I mean, why do you think so many painters would trek out to the moors or the lakes or the harbours or whatever to paint? Because the beauty of the landscape is inspirational!
I visited Monet’s Garden in Giverny, and man, did that help me to understand how he painted so beautifully. The water lilies were right there! I could see them! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that if I had a canvas and a few paints, I could paint like Monet as long as I was in the right place. Of course I’m not saying that. That would be insane (especially to those who have ever seen me try to draw … you know, anything …). I’m just saying that I think it’s safe to say that in many cases, nature can inspire art.
And that’s what this blog is all about! It’s just me, a not-even-amateur photographer – really just someone who likes taking pictures – talking about my favourite things to capture in photographs in different seasons and different landscapes. Just because it’s fun! And I absolutely welcome your thoughts and feedback, too! There are people out there who know infinitely more than I do about this kind of stuff, and, you know, actually have real cameras, and and comments or advice for aspiring photographers would be super helpful for anyone coming here as an iPhone photographer looking to get into the biz. I’m not one of those people, granted, but I like to create a happy, no-pressure platform for people who are! Hope you enjoy!