Impressionist photography is full of surprises. It is not an exact science. When you use a certain technique, the outcome is not always certain. The technique takes on a life of its own – and anything can happen. Sometimes the result surpasses your hopes, but there is also the risk of failure. This is all part of the thrill of impressionist photography.
Once you understand what might happen, you can harness this to head in the direction that you desire. Soon you will trust your skills, and the results reflected in your photographs will increase your confidence.
My understanding of how impressionist photography techniques behave is gleaned from many years of practice, and I’m still learning. Almost every image I create is an experiment, a chance to find out something new. I love this style. I love the intense concentration it demands, and the bliss of being totally caught up in the moment. For me, the time spent observing the subject, waiting for the right moment, is as exciting as pushing the shutter release. The finished result is no more important than the joy of the photoshoot.
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The saying ‘less is more’ is particularly relevant in this style of photography; including more may often make an image less appealing. Impressionist photography has the ability to say a lot with simplicity. Concentrate on your main subject. A simple composition is the main way to success. Think of your image as a form of shorthand and see how much you can suggest. You can be surprised how little material you need to convey your idea. It is a matter of changing your thinking so that you can use the subject to create your images, rather than create your images by photographing the subject.
Once you are seeing the world through an artist’s eye, looking at it as shapes, tones, lines and colour, you will find a whole new pleasure in the perception gained by your eye. Everything is only what it is in relation to its neighbour. Each element affects those around it and the image as a whole. This means you need to see the relationships between features and objects rather than considering them in isolation.
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Being an artist all comes down to what excites you and what you want to
photograph. The visual world is your inspiration, not your master, so take from the subject only what you want. As soon as you realise that your only purpose is to follow your inspiration, you are free to create your own vision. We cannot recreate the world, but we can recreate our own vision of it.