Please enjoy the following guest post from Mr. Ugly Mug himself!
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams
I always find that i’ts easier to use other’s words, rather than my own. I’m not a blogger. I just like making photos, so I’m sure Mr. Adams wouldn’t mind. Besides as Picasso said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”
My love for the art of photography began in high school (next week is my 10 year high school reunion, one of the reasons for my trip to New York with Jennifer). Back then, I was just using a disposable 35mm camera, and when I got the photos back from processing I discovered this:
An accidental double exposure of the desert at sunset and my high school banquet hall for homecoming. A great picture? No, not really. But seeing this photo was when I realized that photography was something other than just taking a picture; it is a skill, an art, even when stumbled upon accidentally (sometimes the best photos come from accidents). I quickly got my hands on my dad’s 35mm SLR and got into the photography class at school.
I took horrible photos through most of this class (see above). My visual style was still a long way from being discovered, but I learned the techniques of processing your own film, and developing in the dark room, which is something I miss very much now that my dark room is digital.
I started Ugly Mug Photography just a lil over a year ago because I wanted to have a time for art that was solely mine. (My career is in post-production video, which is very much a collaborative process)
What I’ve learned in the last year is that I love shooting people, though I rarely shoot candids; I prefer to shoot editorial style. I appreciate photographers that have the skills to walk around with a camera, and shoot ‘real life’ but thats not my aesthetic. Even so, I have been fortunate to shoot behind the scenes stills for a few different videos and films – which is as close to ‘real life’ as I like to get.
My passion though, and where I continue to grow, is shooting fashion portraits.
And luckily for me I have a beautiful, oh so stylish, girlfriend to photograph almost anytime I want.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas
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