Sure we can either ‘free-wheel’ or select the subject matter we want to photograph on the day, however there is something else you might like to consider…
Recently I visited Mt Annan Botanical Gardens in the South-West of Sydney. 416ha of Native Flora. Within the Gardens exists the Plant Bank, a research facility which I find an architectural delight!
I could have simply wandered about taking what ever caught my eye and left. Instead I allowed myself the time to allow the Plant Bank’s architectural forms to communicate to me as I walked around outside and inside the building.
This allowed me to gain a ‘sense of place’, so that I might get in touch the it’s essence. Ideas begin to form which were then communicated through my choice of composition, technique and artistic licence.
I have no doubt that if I had employed the free-wheeling technique I would have left less satisfied with both my experience and images. Instead I came away a feeling that I was enriched, both with a better understanding of the facility, and the architectural art I was presented with.
Written by David Johnson
12 July 2014