Work in Progress - Website Update Ahead

So, its been two years since I launched my new website on Square Space, and its time to do a little weeding and pruning - the mantra "Less is More" will be guiding me through this process. First thing to have been updated is my profile statement.

Thank you to Mrs Wardle and my daughter Indya for proof reading, editing and making some valid suggested changes - transcript below:

Photography for me is about collecting pictures you love. It’s an art form I hope to continue as long as I am able too. My online Flickr and Instagram galleries show an evolution of my photography as my taste and style have changed and I have explored many incredible places around the world.

I would describe my style of photography as being simply observational and opportunistic; always ready to explore the use of space within photography, and allowing the image space to be. 

Photography forces me into the moment where I can’t be distracted and really can’t think about anything else - a single minded purpose settles over and I step into my zone. As I capture life and all its mixed emotions, the feelings and natural moments come together to create timeless and elegant memories. These individual things combine to add personality and character to my work.

Practising the art of photography resonates with me on a highly personal level that just feels instinctual as it allows me to observe, engage and document. It also allows me to pursue the many different scenes and pictures I have both inspiration and admiration for.

I have always had a curiosity for people and their stories; I have also always had the ability to strike up a conversation with people meaning I can uncover those stories. I enjoy investing time & energy into getting to know people in order to capture the person’s story in a beautiful everlasting portrait.

I have both a love for black & white and colour equally for different reasons. B&W strips down the image to its core base components and colour as it amplifies the beauty of our colourful and expressive world.

With camera in hand, the world begins to slow down, and I become at one with the scene. After 25 years people have truly accepted my presence as a photographer and great trust is built between us as a result.

Photography just feels right to me – and I would love to share with you what inspires me.

Wil Wardle Photography on Ipernity

So its like this, at this time of writing I have 197 images posted on Ipernity, and counting.

I started using Ipernity as a way to separate my distinct personal photographic styles, as I felt that I needed a place to focus my photography of people, incorporating but not limited too my street style photography and also a few portrait style projects that I am currently working on. 

This is quite different from the urban and auto themed projects that are predominately displayed on my Flickr stream. Whilst having been on Flickr for many years, and having built up a solid base of followers and of people I follow in turn, and whose photography I really admire, starting afresh on Ipernity has been slow, but I am getting there.

The selection of my photography that I have curated on here, are all photographs that I am proud of and pleased with the crafting of, and which span a period of the past 4 years or so.

They generally tell some sort of a story or display an essence of emotion or personality of the subject. Some are street scenes, however the theme running through all the photographs is "People", whether they be family, friends or strangers I have met and engaged with on some sort of personal level. 

I hope you will feel some of my passion and my personal pride in the work which I have hand selected to display here. I will continue to post on here from my catalogue as time goes by.

Please do me the huge honour of clicking on  the link embedded into the image below, and be taken directly to my Ipernity page - feedback and comments most welcome.

Self Study

Latest photography posted on my Ipernity Photo Stream

The last in my current Self Study series, think I will produce some more, as they have had a very positive reaction on iPernity, that is compared to other images I have posted, which has surprised me somewhat, then again its all about the eyes of the beholder as we know.  This version was taken in Eastbourne, and my son assisted me here, as the tripod was set up a distance from my position, so he was my trigger man on the remote. 

Self Study

Latest photography posted on my Ipernity Photo Stream

So, here I am continuing with the self portrait theme. This was just an off the cuff idea that I liked and wanted to begin exploring without getting to technical on the get go. Someone mentioned on my Ipernity post of this image, that they thought the composition was to central, and I agreed with them to a point. However ...  sometimes I think we get too caught up in the technical aspect, and forget to just let the idea flow and see what happens  (and don't get me wrong, I am all up for getting something "just right" technically too). Someone else then backed up my viewpoint, so really its all subjective in the end and dependent on the eyes of the beholder. Someone else then  also commented as follows, and this really tickled my fancy (or should I say my ego); " Remarkable; you seem so  "intimate" there, in your "space" and yet far away too. 

Self Study

Latest photography posted on my Ipernity Photo Stream

So here it is, something different for me, and a slight role reversal too, normally behind the lens, now for a change in front of it.  A self portrait , a study of myself. A way to understand my place in the environment of now, the future , the past. All blending and melding into one. This scene was taken at my sister in'law Caroline's house in Zurich. I loved the clean lines of the bedroom and the warm lighting, as well the arrangement of minimal objects in the room, in particular the tailors dummie and that wonderful lamp framing my head. The placement of the suitcase on the bed suggesting impermanence and a sense of transience, and my looking out the window a suggestion of travel and movement to places new.  I took a number of photographs in Caroline's house when we were there , and I love the house for its quirky nature and her very personal sense of taste and style.