This is a collage of photographs from around 5 years ago, when I first caught the photography bug.
Thanks to the guidance of other photographers and artists, I was able to improve my technical skills to where I am today. Like every budding photographer, I hung onto all the rules passed down to me from experienced photographers as if they were commandments:
Shoot during golden hour if possible, avoid hard light
Avoid distracting backgrounds, bokeh is your best friend
Always keep your ISO as low
And the list goes on…
While trying to perfect the rules and constraints that were given to me has helped improve my skills, I realized that it also limited my creative expression.
This exact thought was going through my head when I went to pick up Katrina at the subway station for our photoshoot. I spontaneously decided to abandon the shoot in the park that we had planned with beautiful pink roses, in order to shoot in a dirty subway station with horrible tungsten light. Even better, why not have Katrina sit inside one of the subway supermarket trolleys?
Surprisingly, Katrina was up for it. Unfortunately, the supermarket clerk was not. We could not put a fully grown human in a trolley. (Germany and bureaucracy!) We still used the trolley in other ways and it felt great throwing the commandments out of the window.