Curating Your Own Images

One thing that I am finding really great about finally having the courage to start my own Facebook Page is this: I get to curate my ongoing projects all over again.

For me, curating my own work is important because it’s where I learn about my own style and my personal artistic statements. When there are millions of images being uploaded every second of every day, regardless of what you believe your own motivations are, you enjoy having an audience, no matter how small.

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Clicking the image will take you to the album on Facebook

 

Whether you are a hobbyist/amateur like myself, I believe each of us have evolved enough with the internet that we all know this: bulk uploads of the same flower or the same landscape is only going to turn people off. Some of us are aware of it, some of us are not aware of it yet, and then there are some of us who don’t care.

I know I am as much a viewer as a content-creator of my own little space. My images and how I present them are a representation of my heart and soul, and therefore me. I use Flickr as my personal online library. It’s the only place I don’t curate my work. Trust me, I cringe at the many doozies that I have uploaded there. Often times, my fingers get itchy and I want to click “delete”. I don’t, though. Why? Because it reminds me of what doesn’t work. For the images that work, often times I will think to myself: “Hey! I can do something else better!”

On my Facebook Page, I now have a new and refined set of my ongoing project “Everyday Adelaide”. Having decided to create an album with the monochrome images of the project has also made me question how I want the project to go forward: more colour? All monochrome? Decisions, decisions, decisions. But that after all is “creativity”: problem-solving, decision-making.

If you stop by my Facebook Page and you “like” it, I thank you in advance for your time and support.

Have a great day!

Michelle

 

Why I Love The Internet For My Photography

Friend or foe, the internet has been great for my photography. It’s where I have learnt to catalogue and curate my work without having to dig through boxes. Old personal photos have been scanned and uploaded to forever float somewhere in cyber space … mainly on Facebook’s servers to be precise.

In 2013 I’d come across the work of Eugène Atget. Atget never considered himself a photographer – he thought of himself as an “author-producer”. That resonated with me, along with his images of “old Paris”. I too, do not consider myself a “photographer” … nor an “artist” for that matter. I just love taking photos and creating images.

9511710699_81d21ef567_kThus it was on a trip to Melbourne in the Australian winter of 2013 that my sub-conscience was filled with the ‘essence’ of Atget. The weather was not ideal: it was raining, light was bad and my fingers were frozen. But what to do? If you love taking photos, you just keep taking photos! The result was “Channeling Atget via Melbourne – a photo essay”.

For the last 3 years, this series of photos has been tucked away in an album on Flickr. I’ve revived it now with my newly-revamped web site and at last, my very own Facebook page (that is another story for another time … maybe). I’ve revived it simply because I love it; because I take photos and create images that I love; because this series sits so close to my attitude towards the pace of technology and how we view images these days; because I am preoccupied with making time stand still.

Finally, because I love “Channelling Atget” so much, it deserves to stand alone as a collection itself on my little space in the big world-wide web. Ephemeral moments forever on the internet. That is why I love the internet for my photography. 

I thank you in advance if you’ve taken the time to have a look. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Have a great weekend,

Michelle

To view “Channelling Atget via Melbourne, click here 

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