Hold on a minute….

This morning I tore myself away from the computer and the internet and actually went to shoot some pictures at a local market.  I spent a lot of time at this particular market last year working on a TAOP assignment.  I spent weeks going up there, waiting for that special moment, which did eventually arrive but I remember the feelings of frustrations and annoyance as I paced around and around looking for my great, significant moment to make itself known to me.

This morning I wasn’t there 5 minutes when I began to get that old feeling again.  I had turned to leave when something caught my eye, a stereo-typical Frenchman of this region, playing with a bubble blowing gun, caught my eye.  I briefly thought about trying to photograph it but decided that by the time I composed the shot, focused the Leica and sorted out the exposure the moment would have disappeared.  However that was enough to make me pause and I decided to wait a little longer.  I chose a place in the middle of the market place in the sunshine to sit down and see what I would see.  On the fountain.  I shot a few frames of the people sitting around this focal point, a couple working in the market having a fag break, a child playing with a toy airplane by the edge of the water.  What I now realise is that every moment is significant, even the most mundane and ordinary.  Sometimes you have to pan for the nugget of gold, trawl, take shots that don’t work get frustrated and fail.  But for all that you do find those moments.  Mostly not what you thought they were going to be but they are there.


About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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