My eye is naturally drawn to seeking out moments, intimacy, patterns, shapes and colour, and this is one aspect that I have and am incorporating into my photography and vision. This is not something that I am forcing into my images or how I perceive sightings as this will only result in a very artificial image that has none of the feel and passion in it that I hold for this medium and the subjects I photograph. I am also pretty sure that all the above will reflect through the image to not only myself, but to whoever views my image.
Lake Nakuru was a wonderland for me. The colours, the magnificent and old Fever Tree’s hugging the lake’s edge, flamingoes dancing on the water’s surface as they landed, and amongst so much more – the big herds of buffalo’s that gathered here and there on the nutrient rich grass that separated the trees from the water.
Finger’s twitching, I grabbed my camera and focused on three old boys that were standing in a perfect line, staring into the distance. Why did I take the image? It is only three buffalo after all. What’s so special about that? For me, it was the beautiful swirl of colours behind them that was created by the Fever Tree’s and my choice of a wide aperture. The middle bull then lowered his head, and I took the shot.
The triangle created with the three heads is what mainly got my attention when I reviewed my images after the Big Cats and Tuskers Photo Safari wrapped up. The energy created by this shape encouraged my eye to stay in the frame while taking a closer look at the subjects and the quiet intimacy that hung between them.
Although colour is an incredibly powerful visual tool, I decided to accentuate the triangle created through the deduction of colour. This conversion can be equally powerful, if not more, than a colour image as the lack of colour doesn’t take your eye away from the subject for long. The Fever Tree colours are divine, but they weren’t a necessary part of my story or added any value to what I wanted to emphasis and capture the gaze to.
But we all read images differently. We all feel them different. What might be obvious to me might be hidden to you. What I think is strong, you may find weak.
What do you see when you look at this image? Does anything ring out to you? Does one conversion pull you more than the other?
Photography can be a mysterious medium as there are so many qualities in it that can affect you in a multitude of ways.
I look forward to reading your thoughts and ‘seeing’ what you see!