Personal projects: Shoot what you like
As people have been asking me, I thought it was about time I shared some of my own work. So here it is, I hope you enjoy it.

I rarely show my work on the site, for a number of reasons. Mainly that I am consider the site to be a vehicle to show other peoples work and I feel that I should put others work before mine. But also because I am extremely critical of my own work and it takes a lot of pushing for me to show my work. But people have been pushing, a lot. So here is a selection of my favourite pieces as of late.

I have been shooting for a long time, but since I have been running the site I have become so wrapped up in it that I have little time to actually pick up a camera and get out there. And when I do it is in fits and starts, with little direction. Normally this would bother me, but it seems to suit me, as I feel really strong burst of inspiration sometime, and that is a good feeling.

Fortunately my job gives me the opportunity to travel and this benefits me as it gives me the chance to focus on the place that I am in, so I can shoot what I like to shoot. It also has the added benefit of giving me a fresh set of eyes for when I do come back to Japan.

This style of working gives me the chance to see lots of different locations which suits my visual style really well, but it does make for disjointed pieces. I don’t really do projects at the moment, as I find myself so caught up with working on the site that I have little time. So I just shoot when I can and shoot what I see. I might go a month with only shooting one or two rolls, and then I go to a different location and shoot 20 or 30 rolls. This gives me a lot of varied images, which takes me a long time to come to terms with visually.

I guess the point is for me to keep shooting and shoot what you like. I shoot what I see and each image that I enjoy has little pieces of humour dark or light. I think perhaps that the images are a visual reflection of my personality. I can see the mood I was in when I was shooting them.

I do feel that projects are an important vehicle for developing your style. But when you don’t have the time it is important to still keep shooting, even if it is infrequently. We cannot all shoot all day every day.

But I also like this technique, as it gives me time to sit on the images and go through them again and again until I really feel happy. Letting some images stew gives you the chance to revisit them and see things you may have looked over before.

I guess what I am saying with these images is shoot what catches your eye. These subjects appeal to me personally and I take pictures for me, not for anyone else. If other people like my images that is lovely, but for me the main thing is shooting. It is what keeps me going.

Cheers
JCH