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The Photographic Beginning

Updated: Jun 19, 2021

Many people ask me where my interest in photography originated, the truth is that I have always enjoyed taking photos but never took the profession seriously for myself. I was always drawing and perusing other fine art practices such as painting and sculpture, believing that this was my future. This was, until this time last year!


During the easing of lockdown number one, I accompanied my good friend and successful musician and local politician, Victoria Weaver to Alresford Creek, in Alresford just outside of Colchester. Where I took the photograph shown below.

A week later, I met Victoria with the aim to capture a great shot in mind, so she brought her guitar along with her to perform whilst I photograph her. I was equipped with my smartphone, the Samsung A70, which was, at that point, 2 years old and COVERED in cracks on the screen - from where I had dropped it, screen facing the concrete, outside Asda, 1 month after signing the contract. No this did not upset me at all.....honest....


Anyway, peering through the cracks that, let's face it, I'd gotten used to by then, I snapped away whilst Victoria accompanied me with her acoustical wonders, inspired by Bob Dylan.

That evening, whilst looking through the photos with my housemate advised me of my talent in photography, saying that the photographs I took would look great as album covers and that I should look into a career within the photography industry.


At the time I was studying Fine Art in my first year of University but it was not as enjoyable and suited to my tastes as I originally thought it would have been. I've always loved creating art and the contemporary and historical art world but studying it, felt, to me, like forced creativity, or to phrase it another way, creativity on demand. Whilst I understand the logistics and agree with such practice, I found that the artwork, that I deemed worthy to be seen as such, was and is usually created either consciously, or subconsciously, as a response to an current unexpected but powerful, emotional state. Therefore, I was usually displeased with the work that I created and lacked interest and motivation to engage with my degree and the artworld in general.


I've never experienced that with photography, I've always found it to be a practice I can deliver successful results for regardless to my personal connection to the context or underlying context of the photograph. This understanding convinced me to transfer my degree program to study photography and I have not regretted it once!


Thankyou for taking the time to read my first ever Louise Rummel Photography website blog, your support is much appreciated. I hope you enjoy my work and if you have any questions or would like to get in touch for any other reason, please contact me using the Get In Touch Feature on the ABOUT Page of my website, or, by emailing hello@louiserummelphotography.co.uk


Best Wishes,


Louise



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