As an artist, Tibet is Mana for me. As I began to evolve as a photographer I looked to techniques as my stairway to heaven, and they do provide me with a lot of creative freedom. All techniques are however, are solutions to common problems. Then, I looked to adept processing as the next layer, enabling me to make predictable changes to my images, but why? Soon, I realised that technical proficiency was just a framework on which to build intention – I needed to decide what I wanted to say. This demanded thought and soul-searching – what do you want to say? Why must it be heard?
Life is a journey, we know that, for it has a beginning and an end; but what, or who determines our destinations and the stops we make along the way? What makes us get out of bed in the morning to greet a new day? What energises us and makes us want to sing, or dance, or make an image to speak across the infinity of the internet? Our lives, our perspectives, our imaginations, our passion – all of the above and more.
And here is the key – our lives are what make us, well, us! My intention is to live life so that as I look back on it, it energises me, fulfils me and validates me. And as I look forward, I see new ways to exist and be fulfilled. My photography narrates this evolution, personal development and expression. I can write and wax lyrical using metaphors, similes and hyperbole, but a single photograph can capture an essence that I can fail to deliver in a 1000 words. In this short article I choose to use both words and pictures to capture my vision of a place.