I remember back when I was painting on a regular basis, I would spend hours, days and months, meticulously copying known art work (I think there is a fake Mona Lisa hidden somewhere in all of the boxes my mum has saved… tucked in the middle between some manga drawings, and school report cards…- geek alert!). Not because I wanted to emulate the famous work, but more because it helped me to understand why certain strokes were used, and how the artist had chosen to blend the colours to achieve just that perfect shade. Walk a day in someone’s shoes, and all that jazz. Ironically, on the flight over, I was reading about how our own creativity is the sum of the artists past, whether it is from emulating them, or from rejecting them and doing the opposite. It is because of this that I love attending shoots and workshops with other photographers, as I can then glimpse a new angle, a new idea, a new take.
Buuuut… I am rambling (it is way too late at night, and I really need to get out of the habit of blogging before bed)- I will let the images speak for themselves. (The next couple whose wedding I am photographing, be forewarned- I can’t wait to incorporate some of this into my work and play around with the ideas!)