Something for myself
Recently, I was asked to cover an important medical event in my part of the world. I am always happy to take on work such as this as it gives me a chance to meet people, try out new techniques and (most importantly) earn some money along the way.
What makes an otherwise mundane commission is that in the back of my mind I always take a little bit of time out to take a few shots for myself. These are small details, mementos of otherwise no interest to the client. Just do remember to clear publishing of any photos taken on commission on your site with your client first.
If anything, the ‘unusual’ square format, cropping or b&w conversion will instantly render the image unusable for the client but visually interesting to the likes of you and me.
Where I always find interest is in food. Both consuming and photographing. In this case, my client also wanted to have photos of the catering done but I saved the more conventional format of images for them whereas I took the square cropped, more abstracted versions for myself.
Now sometimes you do have extreme luck to be covering an event that happens over a longer time period, in fantastic settings and is very, very well organised. This was one such trip. I was so impressed with the organisers for creating many interesting moments in interesting spaces over the two days which in turn made my job of creating interesting memories of the event very easy.
On the eve of the second day a gala dinner was organised in a very interesting club. Bands were playing live music which gave me the opportunity to try out concert photography, something I never did before and something I think I like very much.
I love the bright, saturated lighting and the expressions on musicians faces. Hm… will start to take my camera out with me in the evenings more often..
And finally, possibly my favourite shot of the whole trip – ‘Couple Dancing’. The expression on the face of the lady is simply priceless. What a nice way to end this trip.
May 16, 2010