To be truthful, by around the middle of this year I’d felt I’d lost some motivation for photography.
Virtually all my work this year has been videos (which I love doing), with maybe just a couple of photos tacked onto the end of video shoots for promo purposes.
The thing is, I find photography hard. Like, way harder than video. I also struggle to switch quickly between videography and photography. Other people might find that easy, but for me they require two completely different mindsets; I find jumping from one to the other is really difficult.
Just doing a couple of photos on the end of a video shoot, I’m never going to produce my best work. By the end of the summer, I felt like my photography…along with my enthusiasm for it, was sliding. So it was perhaps a mixture of fortune and fate that I met up with Blue Rose Code in September at a venue he was performing at to do some promo shots.
If there’s any subject I could have chosen to regain my enthusiasm for portrait photography, it would have been Blue Rose Code. I’m a massive Blue Rose Code fan and have been ever since I first heard the ‘North Ten’ album about five years ago. About a year after playing that album to death, I met Ross for the first time when he called in to record a Big Comfy Session with us. That led onto me doing some filming with him at Gran’s House studios in Scotland, interviewing him for Folk Radio UK and then filming a documentary at the Blue Rose Code ‘Homecoming’ show in Edinburgh.
I hadn’t spoken to Ross for a while when we met up earlier this month, so we spent most of the time nattering while we were shooting. Without planning to, we got into some deep topics. By the end of the shoot, I felt like I’d been having a good natter with a mate for an hour.
Looking at the photos afterwards, that feeling emanates. Somehow, the conversation we’d been having had influenced what and how I was shooting; it was like I was shooting from outside my head. Some of the stuff was nothing like what I normally produce.
I love the images. I’ve posted a few of them above, I’ll maybe post more in the future. They help me to remember what I love so much about photography.
Sure enough, I still find photography incredibly hard.
And that’s probably why I love it.