This is the last post I will be posting on this Tumblr. Goodbye 37 Vict St. I move into my new house in a little under two weeks, and so I’ve set up my new tumblr accordingly, already laden with a few goodies to keep you filled in on my holidays before I enter the new place. It’s called ‘18 Ivy St’ (my new address), and you can access it via http://18ivyst.tumblr.com/. And yes, the photographs waiting for your there are all film, so feel the love.
It’s been a good year. It’s been a strange year. It’s been a scary year in some ways. I rented for the first time, tried new things, worked harder at uni, wondered more about my life and future, had some good and some shit times. It feels now sitting in 2013 like an important year. I flick back through the numerous photographs and they explode with memory and provoke me. I wish I could repeat some of this year, other parts I wish I don’t. For all those who have followed me through the idiosyncratic maze that my photography has presented, thank you, and please feel free to do the same on 18 Ivy St- unless you’re over drunk teens, beach trips and the occasional half-hacked photo shoot.
In terms of photography though, here’s a written ditty I pencilled a short while ago in prep for this moment-
Oliver Creagh, Photography and the New Year of 2013
What’s the same?
I still love potraitature. I still love taking photographs of people and especially, above all, of my friends. If I didn’t take photographs of my friends, I would take none at all. If you look back over the year, you’ll see it’s mostly people; I don’t like only taking photographs of ‘things’. I have become acutely aware that taking photographs of friends is exactly what makes me happy. I don’t like to edit my photographs, which puts me in an awkward position- now having a digital camera, I do more ‘shoot’ shoots for functions, and these ostensibly involve flash, which I am pretty average at and can never get right (I once said to a friend only if they held The Law Dinner, which I shot at, in an open field I would be able shoot it well). I try not to edit a digital photograph to much at all, because it makes slack photography if I rely on editing. As a rule, I seldom ever edit a film photograph (pretty much none on this blog that are film have had a single touch up), because I think that defeats the point of film- you take it to take it right and capture the light at that point; it should not be malleable.
But most of all, I love photography. I love it because it makes me happy and I can do it for the rest of my life. I love that I don’t want to take photos for a while and then I fall back into it. I would say that I used to not consider myself particularly creative. I am not good at drawing, and never showed much of what I wrote, so my ideas were never really articulated much in a medium where other people could see it or where I could look back and reflect, or be proud of a piece of work. Photography is so many things to me- part of my loves the science behind it, part of me loves the freedom. I wouldn’t say I use it to ‘express myself’. I think I take photographs because when I look at them they give an over articulated sense of life- things are highlighted, things are sharper, a moment that was a second becomes the photo of something you can look at and examine. Photographs make me think when I look at them. I think being provoked by a photograph is something that is a highly intelligent activity, but so accessible that everyone does it everyday. I know the basics when I shoot a photo- roughly what I want in focus, what I should set my aperture to, where I want my ISO, how fast or slow do I need to go when I take it. But the photograph is never exactly what is expected. My Dad always taught me that you make the photo in your head first, and I try to, but the photograph exposed post-shutter is so much more ambitious and striking, even if its a terrible photograph (which mine so often are) than I could ever compile in my head. I would truly be a worser person, I believe, if my father had not given me his OM-10 before I went to America now two years ago,
What’s in the future?
I’m going to keep shooting. New year, new rental place, new people. This year is the last year of my Science degree, my second year renting, my last year as a teenager. I’m hoping to travel to Japan in the middle of this year. I want to improve my GPA. I want to get fitter, smarter, slightly more kick ass than before. With this comes new photography- I’m going to do some more film! Screw this half frame madness, I need some analogue full frame! Screw this digital instantness, I want expensive surprises with heavy cameras. Beach trips, Australia Day again, more alcohol travel travel travel- watch out for more photographs, stories, idiocy and creativity. I will keep posting, on a fresh tumblr, with links back to this old one. Build it all up.
I mean what I said then and I do now. There’s some great projects I have planned coming this way. Photography is my hobby, my part-time flirtation, but most of all it’s a weapon, it’s a creative outlet. In Science you don’t get to be creative often, but writing and photography have always been something of an outlet for me.
Anyway, so long from the 37 Vict St side of things. This tumblr will remain so I can come back and reminisce. Thank you to all those who’ve supported my stumblings with the camera. Should the urge overtake to continue with me, http://18ivyst.tumblr.com/.
I’ll see you there.