It’s a new year and I’m starting it with a new personal project.
I’m committed to posting personal work that I’ve shot using a technique called freelensing.
Freelensing is a blurry, beautiful mess of a technique which is just the way I like it.
I’ve wanted to start doing this for quite some time but sometimes personal projects end up taking a backseat to all the things I have to get done. Yet, personal projects are so vital for my creativity. It’s in the personal projects that I remember why I started. It’s in the personal projects that I get to experiment. These experiments are the skills that I take with me to every shoot.
Sometimes, for the personal stuff, I have to plan my inspiration and sometimes it just happens.
With two of the kids in a bath and a camera close by, I spontaneously started my first freelensing series.
I’m not great at it. I tend to generate a lot more misses than hits. In fact, I found it a bit frustrating knowing great shots were happening and I was clearly missing them. My son is so active in the bathtub. It was really hard to get him in focus when your lens isn’t even attached to your camera body.
But I still loved what I saw through the lens.
And while I don’t usually post personal pictures of my children this way, I can’t resist sharing these.
These images are as real as it gets in that I didn’t plan any of it. I didn’t make things prettier or clear the clutter in the tub. When my son wanted to play with the M&M’s tube that he got as a stocking stuffer for Christmas, I didn’t take it away; although part of me wanted to at first. As it turns out, some of those are my favorites.
So this is the real deal. This is real life. I just photographed what was happening with a new technique and I found it to be an accurate documentation of how I see the everyday.
I am going to have a lot of fun with this. And I’ve committed to posting once a month along with a group of photographers who enjoy exploring this as much as I do.
In fact, you can check out another freelensing series by fellow freelenser, April Christopher here: Little Trees Photo