Creativity wormhole

Where does your creativity come from?

Do we control our creativity or is it a mythical wormhole that opens up at random and feeds our mind with thoughts and ideas for us to work on?

As a professional creative, can we really afford to rely on the random sequence of events that we have built as a base for our creativity? Is it possible to force our minds into this space so we can draw on it at any time and if so how can we do this?

One question I would be inclined to ask is how often are we being creative, are we letting ourselves create bad or ok work along with the great work? Our pride and ego can often get in the way and the fear of creating something that is not our best can stop us creating anything at all! It’s a fact, every photograph we take, passage that we write, or picture that we paint, is not going to be groundbreaking. Like anything, creativity requires dedication, practice and hard work every day. As soon as we get out of the mindset that creativity comes only from a romantic vision and the Goldilocks headspace the sooner we will create groundbreaking work more often!

Rainbow warrior

So Friday, it was awesome to have my super colourful friend into the studio for a long overdue catch up and creative session. With Kristen behind the styling and body paint wheel, I set up the lighting to create some isolation giving the pictures room to breathe some fresh air and give that stunning dash of colour a subtle glow.  Using a slight take on the evanescence lighting style, cranking up the volume, the flash heads boomed with each shot, filling the studio with more white light than the pearly gates!  I love to shoot creative headshots for actors, it puts me in a place where my juices can flow and fills my sou!  More shoots like these please, bring me your wildest dreams and I’ll make them into life.

With your heart full of colour you will always be a Rainbow warrior

Find Kristens casting page at AAA Talent

Oisin & Malachy live @ The Jade Monkey, Adelaide

So last week I was out walking the streets with a camera, shooting without an agenda watching Adelaide start to build atmosphere before the Fringe.  Rundle street was filled with Fringe acts practicing and getting a feel for what was to come.  Those of you who know me personally will know that more often than not I love my music, raw and dirty with a blue undertone.  Having been a fan of people like Newton Faulkner and John Butler for many years, when I hear the sound of someone  (excuse the description, I only mean this semi literally) bashing the crap out of a guitar… Im going to stop and listen!

With a large crowd surrounding him, captivated by the sounds and honest rapport, Oisin & Malachy sits among an impressive street setup, filling the street with bluesy drum guitar tones.  I took a few snaps and stayed until the end of the set and made sure I bought a cd (even though the only cd player  with quality sound I have is in the Kombi which is still off road).

Hearing Malachy was playing the Jade Monkey the following Friday, I cruised by after a friend and fellow studio cohabitants Art exhibition opening at BMG. (which you should also go check out)

The support act was just finishing at this point and during the 15 minutes interval  Malachy was on the side chatting to the crowd prepping to go make some music.  We had a bit of a chat and was introduced to a couple of photographers who were there to shoot the performance.

I got a beer and the show started.  I wasn’t there to shoot, but to just check out some tunes…  However, I know myself too well and cannot resist temptation and always have some kind of camera on me, I was carrying my Fuji with a fixed 50mm prime lens.  I love this camera for its small size, silent operation and super fast 1.4 aperture, sweet for low light shooting like this.  I hear many people say that if you are too busy trying to take a picture, you are missing the moment and are not present.  Where this is the case sometimes, for me music and picture making comes hand in hand and making photographs is as much part of the moment as anything else.  To make great pictures, you have to feel the music which personally brings me closer, you listen to every beat and tone, and watch every gesture with so much more detail.  If you are not in the music, how can you photograph it?

The night of music was awesome!  Malachy has a great sense of honesty and passion in his delivery, he has an ability to bring his crowd in close and build a relationship with them with stories  about his journey via music and speech.  You come away with a feeling that you have met someone new and I think this is so important for any artist and he nails it!

So I really hope the pictures express how the evening was for you, if you were not there I hope they make you want to go to another time, you really should, if you love great music with a personable down to earth guy, get yourself along!  Music is always best when the artist plays from one place only, not a show, just an expression of self.  I caught up with Malachy after the gig for a few beers and can guarantee that what you see and hear on stage, is what you get in person and thats the key!

Cheers, Lee

https://www.facebook.com/oisinandmalachy/

If you are a performance artist or event organiser and require quality journalism photography, contact me for rates and services or click the link to see more:

https://leeknowlesphotographer.com/commercial/dance-performance/

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Sell a lifestyle not a product, create your vision

“People don’t buy products anymore, they buy a lifestyle!”

If you really want to reach out and connect with your clients, you need to bring them closer let them feel why you do what you do and see your vision.

Taken from 2012 editorial shoot for Eternal Image Studios, hair studio, Henley Beach.

In todays consumer market, your clients need more than a safe shot to commit. Bring people closer to your brand, show them more of the story thats sits behind and help them to see your vision and connect to you. I aim to not only sell your product, but to sell your story behind it.  To book a full personal & business branding session, get in touch so we can start to create your vision!

info@leeknowlesphotographer.com

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Second Valley beach, mini shoot tour SA Sat 21st Jan


Saturday 21st Jan I’ll be shooting the Mini Shoot Tour SA at the one of the Fleurie peninsulas hotspot beaches, Second Valley! An intimate beach with Beautiful views and crystal waters will make an awesome day out and perfect to create those beautiful organic photographs that you will treasure forever. Come book a time for your shoot.Your shoot is $100 including a beautiful A4 fine art rag print of your choice

If you have friends who love spending time with their family at the beach who are looking to update their family pictures, share this post with them.

Shoots can also be used for individuals looking for an environmental portrait for professional use on LinkedIn and business websites, a perfect start to the new year!

Second Valley beach is a semi secret gem and at the top of so many lists of South Australian beauty spots, its amazing and I can’t wait to make some beautiful, personalised art with you

Thanks, Lee

To book a time for your shoot for the day, get in touch on

e: info@leeknowlesphotographer.com

t: 0401608853

https://leeknowlesphotographer.com/portrait/the-family-portrait-south-australia-photography-that-tells-your-story/

Portrait mini shoot tour, South Australia

adelaide portrait shoot tour, south australia locations, family photographySoon time for the Summer location Mini shoots. Each week a different and beautiful South Australian location. From the Adelaide Botanic park, Port Noarlunga Jetty to Port Willunga beach and Second Valley! Perfect for those natural photojournalistic portraits we love.
These shoots are available for everyone, Families, Kids, Actors/models/performers through to professionals in business!
$100 per session which includes your 30 minutes shoot on location + 1 A4 fine art rag print of your favourite image accompanied by the high res digital image.
First session Saturday 31st December @ Port Noarlunga Jetty
I’d also love some feedback from you guys

Which South Australian beauty spots would you like to see added to the mini shoot tour? Go to my facebook page and just add a location you’d like to shoot in the comments here…

https://www.facebook.com/leeknowlesphotographer/posts/1539884672692485
See you soon, Lee
Spaces will be limited to availability and so book in quick!
To book, contact @ info@leeknowlesphotographer.com

Close of exhibition ‘LUCID’

A couple of snaps from yesterdays Artist talk & Demo at the Cradle of Hills Winery in Sellicks! As part of the Shimmer photography festival arranged by the Onkaparinga arts council.
 
The exhibition is now closed, I hope those of you that managed to get down to see, enjoyed.  
 
Thanks to everyone who was involved and helped out 🙂
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Artist talk

A successful artist talk and demo yesterday at Cradle of Hills winery as part of the Inkaparinga Shimmer photography festival.

Shooting live on location to show the methods and madness of the style of shooting for my series “L U C I D”

A question and answer session as we went. I hope everyone gained something, from a new techniques to just being inspired to create new things

Thank you to my lovely model Annika, who was a dream to work with! One thing about working with other artists, is that they have vision. (I can’t wait to check out your own work soon)

Here’s a few images that happened

Thanks everyone! ✌🏻️👽

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Story time- yesterday I started heading to the beach, boards packed, waves enticing…. Then I pulled in to a servo to fill up. Who do I see? My good mate and fellow photographer @lee_knowles_photographer whose beloved Kombi Van had broken down. Engine seized. Not good…. I asked if he needed a lift, turned out he was on his way to his Shimmer exhibition at Sellicks where he was demonstrating how he shoots his work. I took him to the winery and helped set up, then thought I'd stay for a while to watch him in action. It was very inspiring! His model Annika could play the piano beautifully so I took some footage of them working together and recorded her playing. Wow! No surf for me, I ended up staying the whole time! All the images are Lee's at the end of the video. Tap to listen to music!

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LUCID, exhibition launch for Shimmer biennale, onkaparinga arts 2016

So my exhibition for the Onkaparinga Shimmer Biennale 2016 launched with success yesterday! I love this festival of photography, and can safely say I believe its the most important date in the South Australian photography calendar! My series Lucid finally all came together in one place in print for eyes to see! My venue, Cradle of Hills winery at Sellicks hill is wonderful, such a lovely place with a beautiful vibe and scenic views.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the opening, we all enjoyed some nibbles, wine tasting, good conversation and some of my art.

The exhibition is open for the whole of September and is by appointment and tasting with Cradle of hills winery (their details are here)

Go take a look and taste their boutiques wines, along with the other photographic exhibitions in the area.

Thanks to my un-official official photographers who captured some pics of the launch

http://www.cradle-of-hills.com.au

http://onkaparingacity.com/onka/discover/arts_culture/art_events_and_festivals/shimmer_photographic_biennale.jsp

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Gallery M, Art prize 2016, opening night

Just a little reminder about the Gallery M 2016 Contemporary Art prize!

Opening night is on Friday 5th August

Im a finalist in the prize and would love your support… Id love you to come join me

For more details visit

http://www.gallerym.net.au/art_prize_2016_32.html

See you there

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