I’m currently doing an online course with one of my favourite photographers, Joel Meyerowitz. It’s inspiring and it’s making me both think of a new project to do (I’m still thinking…) and it’s encouraging me go through my archive of photographs to dig out some forgotten favourites, like the picture above.
I took this shot in France at the end of a walking holiday I did last year with one of my oldest friends. It was the last afternoon of our trip and we were just wandering around town after lunch chatting. I do some work with a competitor of Sephora so, as we walked past one of their stores, I took a hurried snap of their latest campaign to share with folk back at work. It was only later, at home, that I saw I’d stumbled upon a wonderful composition and moment. It was accidental but it was exactly the type of shot that I strive to get when out and about. Shots that tell a fraction of a story. Shots that are there one second, and then they’re not.
Maybe there’s a hint for my next project in this shot. At any rate, what I learnt in Lesson 6 from Joel tell me I need to keep pushing and thinking to find what that project will be…
“If you reach out beyond what you think are your limits, you extend and expand yourself through whatever medium you choose, be it photography, or music, or dance, whatever it is, when you try something, you become the next version of yourself.
“And the problems that you have to solve to do this thing you’ve tried to do are the problems that enlarge your capacities. “
Regarding the course itself: it’s pricey, but I think it is worth it for over five hours from one of the finest modern photographers.
Colmar, France. July 28, 2017. Fujifilm X-T2, 35mm, f/3.6 at 1/180, ISO 200. Flickr.