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A different avenue of expression

There comes a time when there's a need to seek new challenges. And no, I'm not quitting Taiji. I have been taking pictures for a long time, but I'm no professional, but I feel it's time to take my photography further.

Pursuing the artistic journey

I'll be honest, I've had no training, but I seem to have a knack for a scene and I usually run with the opportunity. Sometimes a picture works, sometimes it doesn't. I didn't specialise in art at school, though I wish I did. Instead I studied subjects that were practical. However, I've always like art and design. In my spare time during my university days, I'd often visit art galleries and museums. We've had National Trust membership in the family for decades, so appreciation for art and culture goes back a long time. We're shaped by the environment we're in and though it wasn't fashionable to admit then. Those school trips did leave a lasting impression.

The majority of pictures and videos of me doing Taiji where taken by me. Like a lot of things in life, if you want something done, then you're better off doing it yourself. It's not the case of pressing the button and doing it. There is some planning involved and how I see myself. In the early days of my Taiji journey, this was instilled in me and I know how important this focus is. However, seeing this in others is something I picked up when taking pictures at Taiji competitions. I like seeing how people behave before and after going on, but also the emotions of the entire process. A face tells us do much, even when there's no words. Such as the joys of winning and the disappointment of not doing so. By looking at an experienced follower of the art, you know they had a long and interesting journey.

Going forward

Over the years, I've built up a large archive of pictures. Some of these I've not put up on social media. I quite like them, but they're not to most people's tastes. So I've decided to create an Instagram account for my pictures I like to take. If you're interested in arty pictures, then please click here.

I don't intend to become a professional photographer and I'm not trying to compete with anybody. I'm not even trying to copy anybody. I don't want to be YouTuber, an influencer or endorse products. Not for photography or even Taiji. I want to do my own thing and not to sell out. It's about doing what I want to do and not about making people happy or seeking validation. If my pictures brings joy, then that's good. I just want to improve my art and enjoy what I do.

I'm always learning and right now, I'll be looking at improving my technique. You can't always rely on technology, but your techniques never lie.

Thank you for reading my blog.


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