Life can be quite charming when you are a bumbling idiot and I can testify to this with a certain amount of expertise. So far I’ve managed to get through almost (but not yet) 50 years of my life in sweet oblivion to the realities of this big bad world. But Hey, before I have a shock and realise that the world is not made out of candy, I will carry on regardless.
Whilst others go to work, I simply pick up my camera. Whilst others take to the street to march against something that irks them, I pick up my camera. Whilst others research for the next cure, I pick up my camera.
Is that because I’m lazy? I don’t think so, but as the BI it is hard to tell. What I do know is that in the past, when I’ve had a “proper job”, I’ve been unhappy and now that I have a camera firmly in my hands each day and call it work …. I’m as happy as a pig in poo.
What I have learnt over the years is that I want to record life, that a picture can be worth a thousand words, but I have to try to put my bumbling idiot idiosyncrasies to one side and become a responsible adult. I want to record the truth.
Not every picture tells the whole story (see above). This image was taken at a recent rally in London held by the Federation of Police Officers. They were marching against cuts. The person pictured is a member of Occupy London….. Occupy London told me on the day that they were there supporting the police…. a police officer (not necessarily the opinion of the police service) said that they were there to antagonise. Who was right? I don’t know, but it just goes to show that there are always different ways to view a situation.
Other images allow us to feel the joy behind the heartache.
Girly night out? Hen Party? Well, a bit of both really, but the story behind these photographs is a serious one that in some way has touched the majority of us. These were taken at the 2012 London Moonwalk (organised by the Walk the Walk charity). Thousands upon thousands of women across the UK descended on London to walk either a half or full marathon distance, at night, wearing highly decorated bras. The Walk the Walk charity is run by one very special woman (Nina)(an inspiration to us all) and aided by a small army of volunteers to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. A killer that knows no colour, creed or background.
So is a picture worth a thousand words? I think so, but words allow us to explain a photograph. Like all artists we don’t want to be misinterpreted.
Are words mightier than the sword? Probably. Sometimes images just pull together a story or article. Sometimes the devil is in the detail. The images below where part of a homes/garden/lifestyle shoot and whilst the main shots were more expansive, it is these detail shots that brought the story together… sometimes images are mightier that the sword. Confused? So you should be.