Rambling Photographic Musings by a Bungling Grandmother
I am only doing this blog because Nicholas Arena, the Webmaster of the St George Leagues Club Photographic Society asked me to.
I guess he knows what he is doing.
I was always interested in photography, probably because I do not have an artistic or creative bone in my body and it seemed an optional outlet.
Friends always asked me take photos at functions because “you’re so good”. In actual fact I certainly wasn’t, it was just that I was the only one they knew – who was free – and who was able to actually get the subject in the middle and in focus, unlike most people.
I put this down to knowing how to press the focusing button and my innate ability to crop out all superfluous details before doing so. I have never been able to figure out why most people can’t do this simple task themselves but they surely can’t.
When I ran away from the country and moved to the big city I was finally able to enrol in a black and white photography course at the Sydney Photographic Workshops – now no more.
I have always been most interested in photographing people. I think people are fascinating.
I am often attracted by someone who has a certain look or expression on their face but as soon as you make contact with them or they see the camera it all changes.
So I would prefer to just do grab shots when people don't know I'm there even though that doesn't make me popular – particularly with my family or make for very sharp images.
Some people get very angry, especially on the street.
My first attempts at portraiture were using only natural light and a reflector but a while ago we cleared out the third bedroom and bought a set of studio lights and backdrops including a green screen but I still don’t understand the equipment yet. So I have enrolled in an 8 week studio lighting course at the Community College at Rozelle commencing soon and hopefully I will learn something.
I have been practising on my family members for years now but the grandchildren have grown to the stage where they simply will not co-operate so I have started stalking Rob and when I can see a potential image I say, “Just hold that thought” and the poor man has to stand while I run for the camera.
"Getting someone to actually pose for you is a very delicate thing. They need to have spare time, a lot of patience and know and trust you."
We travel a lot and take lots of travel photos and occasionally I will get an image of someone that I am really happy with. If they know you’re taking photos of them they will stiffen up and look all self conscious but if you treat them nicely and they like what they see on the camera screen, they may start to enjoy themselves which is great.
I hope you have enjoyed the images I have shared with you.