The main thing I learnt from this shoot? I need to invest in an external flash. Respondin’ to a post I created in the ‘Manchester Modellin’ FB group, Andra ‘n’ I conversed ‘n’ agreed upon a time ‘n’ location to meet. This was the first of a scheduled two shoots, ‘n’ it was also the first time I used the camera grip I copped two days prior so I was eager to go out in the field. But, we’ll get into all of that. Today I present to you: DemzVisuals: Andra.
You know what, it’s amazin’ how you can live somewhere for an extended period of time but never truly take in your surroundin’s or appreciate the beauty in the place you reside. Since I’ve picked up my camera, I’m seein’ Manchester from a new perspective – I’m always on the look out for new spots. Bein’ on the look-out for new spots meant I admittedly rolled my eyes when she mentioned one of the locations was ‘the library’. But oh how I was wrong.
My ‘eye-roll’ reaction stemmed from assumin’ she meant St Peter’s Square’s Central Library. That location has been plaaayed out. Hit up Insta ‘n’ you’ll see a plethora of images wherein the photographer’s have framed subjects usin’ the famous arches. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazin’ location, but part of my journey is about discoverin’ new places – tryin’ new things. It’s a dope feelin’ knowin’ you’re either the first or one of the first to stumble upon somethin’ new/inclusive. Oh how I miss last year’s Bando! We cooked up a lot of work in there!
So, it was to my pleasant (‘n’ relieved surprise) when Andra clarified she meant another library. Deansgate’s John Ryland’s to be exact. FYI – I had to google that. To repeat, it’s amazin’ how you can live somewhere for an extended period of time but never truly take in your surroundin’s or appreciate the beauty in the place you reside. I’ve been past this place countless times ‘n’ the thought to venture inside has never occurred to me. ‘N’ I claim to be a logophile. Shame on me.
Once inside, I could see why she made the suggestion. Amazin’ architecture, incredible shadows, unreal settin’s. But I was somewhat out of my depth. It takes someone serious about enhancin’ their skillset to admit that. Workin’ with a mid level camera, I quickly realised it’s shortcomin’s. But I do make that statement with a heavy punch of salt. Yes, I said punch. P. U.N.C.H. Context dependent, experience outranks tech. Context dependent. A professional with yeeears of experience can use my gear to capture the RAW ‘n’ create somethin’ in post I wouldn’t be able to replicate with their advanced gear. Yet.
At the point of writin’ this, I’ve been shootin’ for a month. The photographers I look to for inspo are deeep inna this. They were me once. Realisin’ the shortcomin’s, we headed for the second of three locations which provided us with better natural lightin’. I could work with this. Context dependent, the mark of a true artist is the ability to create somethin’ dope with the tools at their disposal. In the month I’ve been shootin’ I understand the best settin’s for my gear. Indeed, the time will come to upgrade. That’s natural progression. But until then, I shall continue to test my limits. John Rylands 1. Demz Visuals 0. The second leg will be a whole different game.
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