I’ve Got Something To Say

I’ve Got Something To Say:


I’m Not Sure How To Express It Yet:


But I know that its coming. I’ve been deep in thought lately about how I want to express my love of the ocean to you. I’ve been studying the greatest of photographers and now more importantly to me some of the greatest artists throughout the ages.


Is Less Best?


From Van Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso to artists from the late 1880s such as Frederick Mccubbin and the one who has impressed me the most John Glover. The way he portrayed light was simply amazing. He created such a beautiful soft light that just washed over his subject and gave the scene a heavenly feel. Interestingly, enough these guys were just as good at hiding what didn’t need to be shown. There was still detail in the background but if it wasn’t important its detail was greatly diminished and dramatically darkened.


Its About Invoking Emotions


These guys really understood about how to create an emotion within a person. They had time on their hands to develop a scene that they knew would invoke some sort of feeling from a person. It wasn’t about getting the sharpest details from the foreground all the way through to the background. It wasn’t about ensuring everything was colour corrected. What was important was portraying how a certain scene made the artist feel or how to ensure a person was affected by the painting.

I spent quite a bit of time in the State Art Gallery recently as well and was looking at landscape artists from the mid 1700s and their work was amazing.

It soon became evident that in most respects the less detail they used the more emotion they were able to portray. The darker the image the clearer the subject or intention of the artist was. Similarly the blurry and less detailed the painting the easier it was to invoke an emotion.


I Still Love Pretty Images


Don’t get me wrong, I still love pretty and picturesque images. They are after all, just that picturesque and really amazing to look at. I am still going to produce pretty images, as they are important to me. I love creating them and always will.

I just want to start developing a photographic voice as well. If something is important to me, I want to be able to convey that importance to you via a photograph as its my chosen medium of expression.

So stay tuned. I’ve got something to say and I think I’ve almost learnt how to say it.

Jamie Paterson

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  1. Paul Pichugin June 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Brilliant post mate.. I’ve started playing with a lot of post-production in order to try and find my voice just recently too. I found Doug Landreth’s work particularly inspiring 🙂

    • jamiepatersonphotography July 1, 2011 at 8:24 am #

      Hi Paul. Thanks very much mate. Its sometimes a bit daunting ‘baring’ one’s soul online. I will check out Doug’s work. If you ever want to run your experimental work past someone I’d love to look at it for you.


  2. Chloe [Photographer] July 1, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    i was so suprised to see a ‘words’ only post Jamie, but i wasn’t disappointed
    i got see to another side to who ‘you are’
    your photos will always be inspiring & awesome to me, whether there are quiet & simple or loud & busy

    • jamiepatersonphotography July 1, 2011 at 8:27 am #

      Hi Chloe. Good to hear from you as always. You know I always appreciate hearing nice comments like that, but was is even nicer is that you always make time to come back and comment. Thank you for that so much. 🙂


  3. islandimages July 2, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    You go hard mate, will be interested to see what you come out with!

  4. peta July 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Understand exactly what you mean…will watch with interest.

    • jamiepatersonphotography July 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      Hey Peta. Thanks for that. Did that client end up purchasing one of your photos? I know they loved them.



  5. peta July 5, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Hi Jamie,

    Yes thanks for that, I put some more images up for them to see so I think they were happy with the one they chose.

  6. Steve Coleman July 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Cool Post 🙂

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