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The Christmas List: 8. reflection

I was at a loss an hour ago about what to post for today’s photo. I could have interpreted it reflection on the year past, but I didn’t have time to get that deep and meaningful.

Instead my son wouldn’t go to sleep. He stayed up for a bit longer than usual so that he could see our Christmas lights that we turn on when it gets dark (about 8:30pm due to daylight saving time). Then I lit up some candles we have in our house and I asked him what he thought of our angel candle you can see inthe background. The heat from the candle flame makes the convection wheel spin like a windmill, moving the angels and casting a light on the wall. He looked and said he liked it. Then he asked me if that was a reflection in Garp’s bowl (Garp is his goldfish)? He looked confused after as I yelled “Yes!” and I ran from the room. “Are you OK Mummy?” he asked me? I replied that I was OK, but I needed to get the camera. Lucky for the eyes of a three year old!

Meet Garp.

8 reflection


My Headspace

Recently I have been increasingly frustrated by my photographs.

I came upon this blog post by Otto von Münchow accidentally in my browsing about photographic vision and it dawned on me that my frustration is twofold.

Firstly, I am impatient at the gap between my creative mind and my photographic skill. My ability to manouvre and capture with my camera the images that I see in my head are worlds apart. There is little I can do about that except practise and take as many opportunities to try and try again in order to see improvement over time. I accept that. I am cutting myself a break. I have only been doing this since May. I can’t expect miracles.

Secondly, I have been taking opportunistic photos. I have my camera handy when possible and snap a quick photo here and there. The blog post, along with a comment that photographer and fellow blogger Mel Mann left for me asking me whether I felt that I had captured the feeling of air, made me think. YES, THINK. I really should have been thinking more often, earlier. I can only say that I am swept up in the rush of life with young children and that I am trying to fit everything in. But I can see upon reflection that my frustration was in the lack of intent in many of my photos. Looking back at many of them I see plenty of objects, but my favourites include images that tell a story. My children ‘hunting’ a shadow speaks of the imagination and fun of childhood, a couple in my photography class in an intimate moment supporting each other in their learning, even a flower in my garden showing the delicacy of its nature using light. All of these photos were taken with intent. I had a vision of what I wanted to show and tried to convey it in an image. Whether or not other people liked them is largely irrelevent to me because I am satisfied with them.

So it is my resolve to try (where possible – I am realistic and I know that I have limited time) more often to start with a vision and try to create it. I have no idea whether I am capable of that. I am sure the results will be highly varied in their success. I can only try. If I keep trying eventually I will get better at it.

Composition Experimentation, No. 1

The first point given in the list of points about composition in photography was,

‘1. Be clear on your subject. What story are you trying to tell with the photo?’

I decided to start with what I know…sort of. This is my son W. He is clearly the subject. I wanted to take a photo that spoke about the experience of babies. They are always put somewhere to watch or be entertained by others. I often wonder about his experience of life and what he thinks about watching and waiting. He never likes to be left passive for long. He is a participator and I am sure he will be more satisfied when he has more control over his actions.


I am not sure it is necessarily a good photo, but I am learning.