Next year I will have been a professional photographer for 30 years.
Spalding Guardian Chief Photographer Tim Wilson took this pic of me in 1979...the paper used my pics too, my very first published work
How does one keep anything going for 30 years with passion?
Well for me variety is the spice of life and I have been involved with just about every field of photography over that time, shooting in just about every format there is.
For many years I was not aware of these phases of reinvention
So to the long list of genres of photography I'm adding the moving image
2009 has been a very challenging year for me in many ways, but it was the year I discovered for myself the joys of Canon 5dMkII and shooting HD video
Moving images and me, difficult to know where to begin but for sometime I have felt my work has life beyond stills, particularly 'the forest' series
In fact one of the motivations was 'Europa' (the water buffalo image)
One of the reasons I made the DVD was to show how much of my work is done 'in camera' and not relying on photoshop as 'a crutch for bad photography'
But still as time passed I realised that the vast majority of viewers saw it as a composite picture, even though it wasn't
I blogged about it on the Scott Kelby website, here is what I had to say
So there is part of my motivation
I'm really enjoying the unique look and feel of the files from the Canon and those STUNNING 'L' series primes
The Canon 'L' series primes I'm using at the moment...............
Canon 'L' Series 35mm F1.4
The photojournalists favourite, it fits like a glove in your hand, just the right size and weight, tack sharp too
Canon 'L' Series 85mm F1.2
My favourite lens of all time, if there was just one lens I could use for the rest of my life it would be this
Canon 'L' Series 135mm F2.0
A great lens and the cheapest of this lot too
Another prime I'm using at the moment is the......
Canon EF 100mm macro F2.8
OK, not the new 'L' series but it is very good
They make a world of difference, giving my work a cinematic look
Shooting full 1080P HD video at wide apertures has to be experienced to be believed
At the dawn of photography 'the dark art" (for that what it was called by some) split into two
I went to the remarkable 'Collision' conference in LA in August
It was remarkable as it was a forum for Film Makers, DP's and emerging stills-to-video photographers
Now we have a similar event in the UK
As I mentioned in a couple of 'tweets' I will be at 'Converge One' this Friday at the National Film Theatre, if you would like to see where the next step in photography is taking us, see my new mini project and engage in the debate ( not to mention see some of the gear too) do come and join us
So, I hear you ask, where does still photography fit in to my world now? It was my first love and will remain a big part of my life. In fact my still images will always be there, you will just be seeing them move.