There are fewer more-worn clichés around than ‘rules are meant to be broken’ but, for me, this photograph does give it some gravitas.
I suppose I’ve developed a few limiting photography rules and beliefs over the years, and I’m not talking about the rule of thirds or that type of thing, but more things like:
- Never shoot directly into the sun;
- Don’t bother going where everyone else is going and shooting what everyone else is shooting. I generally prefer to eschew the better-trod areas and although I do head to Kimmeridge every Christmas for some photography, I’d considered giving it a miss this year.
There are a few reasons why this photograph has taught me to be mindful of such limiting beliefs and to ignore them.
No two days are ever the same. Especially at sunrise and sunset, when the world is most colourful – the light can have a dramatic effect on the look of a place and its ensuing photograph. This means that even two photographs with exactly the same composition can look and feel dramatically different on any two days.
Secondly, such beliefs are limiting; they can prevent you from getting out there and shooting, which can take away opportunities for learning, creating new photography and generally just getting out there.
The third and most important argument: it’s just ridiculously good fun. And to be honest, I’ve been slightly less active photographically recently and was beginning to question my passion for it all. Just a bit. But the process of heading off on a mini adventure, witnessing such an immensely beautiful sunset in an incredible part of the world and generally getting lost in the whole bloody brilliant process is enough to reignite that passion, energy and yearning to get out there with my camera as much as possible and create the very best photography that I possibly can.
So as the lessons mount up with each new trek, this is one I’ll definitely remember; to discard those rules and beliefs which limit us, to get out and shoot no matter how well-shot a place is, and even to shoot into the sun occasionally.