I’ve always been a bit of a frustrated artist, drawing or painting. As a child, I was always drawing and got okay at it but as I got deeper into my teenage years I dropped it for photography. There was something about taking the picture and then going into the makeshift darkroom and bringing out the best in a print. I did this on and off for years. I’d have a darkroom then sell the gear, give up for a bit then buy more equipment to start again. I do not have a darkroom now though I have film cameras. I shoot almost entirely on digital which I have found has taken back to drawing and painting but through the camera.
Looking at this picture of Perranuthnoe in Cornwall, I can see how I have tried to make this look more painterly, taken a bit of artistic licence with the sunset, heightened the colours. The sea has colours and the silhouette of the house looks chapel-like, in my mind.
I may take up drawing or painting again but I will always have photography to illustrate the things I see. To me, photography is another art like drawing, painting, etching, printing, sculpture and so on.
I can see a picture in my head, find a place or thing that matches my idea and then photograph it, thus interpreting it my way with my vision. This then is my art.