Finding what you didn’t know you were looking for, until you’ve found it.
I’m sure we’ve all been there.
You set out to take a photograph with a clear idea in mind. It’s crystal clear. Just right.
Then, as you start to shoot, you discover something new. Your envisaged photo, albeit still wonderful, is overtaken by this newly discovered purpose. All that you’d hope for when you set out, is still there. A hope. A promise that will one day be honoured.
Yet today, right now, there is a newly revealed goal to chase. A goal that until now, you didn’t know existed. However, now that it does, now that it’s revealed itself, you must pursue it. And pursue it with gusto.
Yeah, I’m sure this has happened to you too.
I know it’s happened to me many times. And this summer, it happened again. Yet this time, it wasn’t a photograph I discovered that I didn’t know I needed to pursue.
The thing I found, that I didn’t know I was looking for, is this, Toy Photographers.
I’d been with Stuck In Plastic for a brief, yet wonderful time. I don’t know what I was hoping to accomplish whilst at Stuck In Plastic, but what I gained during my time there is immeasurable. Alas, apart from an email to the Stuck In Plastic members, I didn’t get a chance to publicly thank everyone who made my time there so memorable.
I’ve been asked why, why the move? And, as I struggled to answer that seemingly simple question when I was asked it relating to toy photography, I now struggle to find a succinct answer as to why I’m here.
I guess it’s best summed up as one of those moments when you stumble across something you didn’t know you you were searching for. It’s one of those photographs that emerge when you’re not looking for one. It’s a chance encounter with something unforeseen. Unanticipated. Something new.
A chance for something new. A new chance for adventure.
An new adventure.
I’m a tad sad to be leaving, yet also excited to be arriving. There’s a heady giddiness towards the unknown.
A fervor for the new.