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!

Windswept

 

Windswept

A moving snapshot of my art photography series “Windswept”.  I absolutely loved shooting this series and it was, like many of my personal creative projects an ongoing thing that played at least some part in my other shoots.  I found that the gentle movement and expression, softened the subject for my shoot and loosened them up when the serious shooting started.  Let go, relax is how these images roll.

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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

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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:

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Port Willunga beach: Mini shoot tour SA, 14th Jan 2017

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Hey, don’t we all just love a day at the beach!

Saturday 14th Jan I’ll be shooting the Mini Shoot Tour SA at the one of Adelaides hotspot beaches, Port Willunga!  Scenic views and beautiful waters make for an amazing 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!

Port Willunga beach continuously is praised 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

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Win an A3 framed print from LUCID!

competition win a3 framed art print of lucid nude photographyHi Followers, its Christmas, so Im giving away some framed art!

Im running a competition to W I N an A3 Framed fine art rag print from my Series L U C I D !

priced at $250

All you have to do is visit my Facebook page post  (CLICK THIS LINK)  like and share the post to your timeline and the winner will be selected at random. Closes 5pm Weds 21st

You must also be based in South Australia for delivery.

Good luck and have an awesome Xmas

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FATHERS DAY OFFER: Portrait photography shoot

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Fathers Day… Coming soon!

Each month in Adelaide, I see heaps of families and Ive come to observe the reactions of Dads across South Australia when seeing the photographs of their little pride and joys! Dads are totally stoked! Simple as, so for a perfect gift for Fathers day this year give him that huge smile he deserves…

A family portrait session!

Take advantage of my new offer for the special guy in your family.

$175 INCLUDES:
+ 1 HOUR PHOTO SHOOT ADELAIDE WIDE AT A LOCATION OR HOME STUDIO OF YOUR CHOICE
+ 1 8X10 FINE ART RAG PRINT
+ 3 HI RES DIGITAL IMAGES FULLY RETOUCHED READY FOR PRINT ENLARGEMENTS
+ PRIVATE ONLINE PROOF GALLERY TO CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE SHOTS FROM YOUR SHOOT

Make Dad smile 🙂

Got to the HOME page for contact details to get in touch

Lee Knowles Photographer Adelaide is an experienced family portrait and childrens photographer who has worked with thousands of families and children across South Australia catching big beautiful smiles and stories.

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Australian Refugee Association portrait exhibition

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Tonight sees the launch of the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) exhibition ‘To tell another story’. Along with 12 other mixed media artists I’ll be exhibiting a piece of portraiture work in the exhibition.

Jahromi and Banoo Iran by Artist James DeanARA’s third annual portrait exhibition is a collection of work that portrays images and stories of people from refugee backgrounds. It honours the thousands of refugees they walk alongside each year as they face the challenges and joys of building a new life in South Australia.

The exhibition encapsulates themes of multiculturalism, human rights, cultural diversity and anti-racism.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Australian Refugee Association

TIME: 5:30-7:30
PLACE: Kerry Packer Civic gallery

http://www.unisa.edu.au/Business-community/Hawke-Centre/Kerry-Packer-Civic-Gallery/2016-exhibitions/

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Rise up

So as some of you may know, I have recently enrolled into Adelaides CCP (Creative Centre for Photography) to to work towards some professional development, creative inspiration and to solidify the dedication to my passion with some ticks in boxes and a cert.  Along the way so far Ive met some amazing new people, which is another reason for going into studies.  With assessment last night, Ive just passed my first module in creative portfolio building.  Now time for some reflection and breathe time before I start my next module.  The next module I take will be darkroom specialisation and Im thoroughly looking forward to developing my skills here and going out to shoot more film!
Ive taken the time this morning to look through a recent shoot, (which Ive not had time to see properly until now) and have discovered some lovely new images towards ‘LUCID’.  As with all images from Lucid, each image is from one single exposure, no photoshop.  I love the results.   So I thought I’d share.

I feel Im going to print this large as there is so much happening in the shot that needs to be seen.  Continuing with the unearthly and spiritual notion of this series I think this image goes to a new level.  The complexity of what happens in between frames is coming together and giving us a motion picture story within a single image.  I hope you enjoy it for a few seconds (or minutes)

 

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Rise up from Lucid dreaming. Lee Knowles Photographer, Adelaide
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Adelaide photography portrait promotion: Refer a friend

Hey everyone, it’s time I did an offer!

REFER A FRIEND

$25 cash (or money of services or products with me) for anyone who refers me to a new client who makes a booking for a portrait shoot!

It doesn’t matter how you do it I love word of mouth, but I’d also love you to share this blog post to all of your friends. Remember to tell them to quote your name and contact details on their booking. Heres the shoot:

PORTRAIT SHOOT: $300

2 hours shoot (up to)
Private online proof gallery
5 6×4 prints
1 A4 fine art rag print enlargements
5 HI RES digital images
33% off other prints and images

I have other packages available that may suit different people, so please take a look here…

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All of my shoots are personalised to you and can be anywhere within the Adelaide region South Australia. I always encourage you to have your pictures made at one of your favourite places, somewhere that means something to you and your family and loved ones.

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Adelaide Central Market

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Something a little different this morning… People scatter in the rain, with umbrellas at the ready. An arial view of Gouger street, Adelaide from the Central Markets. We stand by for another wet day in the city. A good day to be wrapped up warm and cozy in a big winter coat. Sit inside and flick through your favourite book sipping hot chocolate and eating some winter warmers!

 

Oh.. don’t forget to pick up some fruit before you go

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