There are two things in art that move me: those that touch my heart and those that excite my senses. I am, therefore, drawn to images that show emotions and those that make me feel as if I’ve been touched. On the one hand, I love to photograph human and animal expressions that reveal something about the way the subjects are feeling or thinking. On the other, my images tend toward texture shots, those that show detail, surface patterns and depth.
(c) Fran Saunders
It has taken me a long time to discover these inclinations. Long ago, a psychology professor said I was a “touchy-feely” type person and surrounded myself with the sensations of different textures. She thought that because I was severely hearing-impaired, my other senses, particularly my eyes and sense of touch were more meaningful to me. Then, a several years ago, a visitor to my very first solo exhibition said, “Is it true to say that you see beauty in simple things?” And more recently, a fellow artist remarked on how she loved the detail in my images. They say you should listen to your viewers, and how true that seems to me now. After heading in a trillion different directions with my art, I am now settling into my personal style and hope to be doing more of this type of work in the future.
I was one of those baby boomers who loved her Kodak Brownie. All through my life, I've had an avid interest in taking photos. About a year before I retired in 2006, I received my first DSLR and have never looked back. I'm firmly entrenched in the Canon family, where my 24-105mm f/4 is my street lens of choice, although I usually carry two or three to particular shoots.
Just before I retired I also discovered BetterPhoto.com, and I've literally lost count of how many classes I've taken. I now have a firm grounding in photographic principles and take classes many times just for the fun of it. Of course, I need to push myself to see that the quality of my art matches my knowledge! I've particularly enjoyed working with the many wonderful instructors at BP, and believe their critiques and interest in my work have inspired me to keep learning and growing, two things I hope will last a lifetime.
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