On the weekend, I was asked what my favourite genre to photograph…I was a bit lost for words, mainly because I never really thought about it.
I am very much an amateur photographer, but I am very keen…have been for years.
It is a rare occasion where you won’t find me with at least one camera in my bag, if not more.
And lately, I have delved back in film photography…it’s been great fun researching and adding to my vintage camera collection….
But to be honest, I have never really thought about what I love to photograph.
Out of curiosity, I did a search on photography genres…and found that Wikipedia lists 85!
Add on top of that, there are 30 or so different types of photographer!
Well, in terms of type, I can safely say I am a newbie…a beginner on a big learning curve and someone who is thirsty for knowledge.
But in answer to the question I got asked, I have quite a list….
I love photographing sunrises and sunsets…the more glorious the colour, the better…
I love photographing wild weather…sadly, that lightning shot has eluded me so far.
I love capturing our furkids…although they have become somewhat camera shy after years of me snapping away!
I love photographing my husband…documenting his liver transplant story, with his permission, is still one of the most rewarding things I have done.
I love taking candid shots of people, especially family and friends…I am not into posed portraits.
I love photographing this city we live in…especially the colourful laneways and hidden places…
Hell, who am I kidding…I just love capturing what my eyes see.
And going back to film has meant the whole process of taking photos has slowed down, as each shot is precious.
I ask myself “is this a view I want to preserve”, rather then taking images in rapid succession as is the tendency when using a digital camera.
And I am learning so much about the basics of photography…something which is often lost in this modern digital world.
I can’t imagine being stuck in one genre…there is too much to explore!
The biggest decision I have is which camera and format to use….my backpack on the weekend consisted of a Zeiss Ikon Contina 1a (1954), a Yashica Mat-124G (1971), a Go Pro Hero 4 Silver plus a vintage Gossen light meter and a supply of films.
Oh, and I took the photo on my beloved Fuji X100s…I mean, a girl can never have too many cameras…
Do you have a certain genre you love to photograph? Digital or film?
Share in the comments below as I would love to know?