I find my photography to be a two sided affair. One side is home to very documentary almost journalist thought process to capture things as accurately as I can – to give the viewer of the image an inside into what I saw at that moment or tell a story. This doesn’t always mean using the exact image the camera produces; for example I often find myself increasing the warmth of golden hour photographs because at the time i saw the shot in a much warmer light than what the camera captured. This I feel, is the thought process that happens most when I have a camera in hand.
The other side of this is simply using my camera to capture images that I can work with to create something that i see in my head. Often the images I take when thinking like this never see the light of day. They’re often shots of textures, shadows and patterns, they can be man made or natural. The images will then either be heavily altered in photoshop or printed manipulated that way. They are also very rarely of angling situations – mainly due to me being deeply invested in the other though process.
These 5 images are what I feel to be a mix of the two. They feature accurate photographs of angling equipment on backgrounds of either textures or scenes that I felt complemented the equipment. I shot the photos in pairs with an idea in my head of how wanted each pair to come together for the final image.
For me these photographs don’t capture a moment or tell a story they reflect my fascination for mixing natural and un-natural textures and shapes. The straight edges of banksticks and harsh blacks of bite alarms offer a stark contract to the soft reflections of the pond, the rounded edges of the trees or the randomness if wood grain. But yet as different the two subjects are, they complement each other and make for something a little different.