Going outdoors is never a mistake for me. Unplugging from my digital world for a while is always a positive way to spend a day, alone or with others. I’ve never not enjoyed being amongst nature in all of it’s splendour. Have you?
Even if it’s just for 30 minutes I feel better after feeling the wind on my face, the hot or cold ebb and flow of the seasons, and to put life into perspective. Does all of that ‘stuff’ really matter? Or does walking barefoot on sand, or looking across mountain views matter? It is where I’m the most creative and free as a photographer and a person. I like to think this trasnslates into my work.
Photography is my full-time profession for me and I have a real affiliation with the outdoors in my work. For me it’s important to be outside shooting regularly even if it’s not for commercial or paid work.
Understanding how being outdoors makes me feel and think, is what I love to do with my camera. Less frames. More mindfulness.
Being present in the moment and waiting, walking, looking for a special frame to happen. If it does not happen, then that’s also fine.
I find that the constant changing environments, weather and lighting help me to see the composition and feel of the imagery differently every time.
I like that each visit to a location new or regular, offers my personal work and creativity something new.
When it then comes to paying clients, I’m full of ideas, great locations and not worried at all about the challenging environments. It’s what I do.
Here are a few images shot this weekend on a mini adventure with friends to Piha Beach close to Auckland. Captured on Fujifilm X100T. 35mm.
About Paul Pletch
Paul Petch is a family man, commercial photographer, tutor, and personal side project extraordinaire based in Auckland New Zealand.