Don’t Tell the Same Old Story
Have you ever watched 24 hour news? If you have, you almost certainly never watched it for 24 hours straight because the one thing you learn by watching 24 hour news is interesting. New events don't happen every hour of the day. Instead, what you get is the same old story repeated over and over simply to fill air time. And it's boring. And the same applies to a photograph of the three elements every photograph should have. The first is it has to be interesting. That's to say it has to depict something completely new. Or it has to reveal a new angle on the familiar subject. Now, 100 years ago, when photography itself was new and people traveled rarely, there were lots of new things to photograph, so every picture was interesting. But in today's world, where over a 1,000,000,000 pictures are uploaded to the Internet every day, finding something new to photograph is much harder. Most of the time, you're left looking for a new perspective on subjects have been photographed many times befor...
e. This is Poland Bill, one of the most photographed light houses in the UK. Most of those pictures look much like this postcard shots, so I've set myself a challenge to tell a different story. The thing about light houses is most people see them during the day, but really they come into their own at night as navigational aids on a warning to shipping of hazardous stretches of coast. And it's these associations these stories I wanted to tell in the photographs. Now, when the sun's on the blink is a great time for silhouettes. But what I really wanted was a clear night sky because we associate navigation with stars one way to effectively tone my stories to create an image where the sky plays a key part in the composition, using either a long exposure to capture start trials or a blending technique that is combining two or more images to capture the Milky Way. The other thing I love about Portland Lighthouse is the way the light pulses through the night sky as it rotates on its Mercury base. For me, this tells the story of a lighthouse is a beacon reaching out to distant ships and weary sailors, and this image is a timely shot because Portland Bill will soon lose its fame lantern which is being replaced by modern led ease. So this is also an image for posterity, a reminder to future generations of how light houses used to be no.