If you can capture something that no one else notices you come away from a trip with unique and memorable images. Everyone (including myself) will shoot the sweeping panorama of the fjord with big light . Not everyone however will turn around and take the time to notice how the oblique angle of the light illuminates the gritty texture of the concrete. As the boat navigated through the twisting fjords the shadows from the handrail danced elegantly across the surface, providing a dynamic and evolving subject. People were staring at me (understandably worried) as I span on the spot, rolled around on the deck and pointed my camera at the ground. It’s good to do things a little differently. What started as a trip above deck to shoot the cliche landscape stuff quickly became a study of shadow, tonality and lines. Humour the unexpected, you never know where it will lead you.
We explored this concept in some of the workshops I ran last year for primary school students. The Age newspaper ran a photography competition with the theme: “To be an artist”. Brendan from Dallas Brooks Community Primary School created a photograph that was lucky enough to be shortlisted. He wrote " To be an artist is to think differently. An artist ignores the crowd and goes his own way. The artist can find things in places no one else thinks to look “. You can find his image here.