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How I See the World

I have very vivid memories from my childhood.  My early childhood.  I recall being bathed in the kitchen sink, eating in my highchair, playing with my Busybox in my crib.  I remember a moment in July 1970 when parents brought my newborn brother home from the hospital when I was shy of my second birthday.  I can see him lying in his bassinet wearing nothing but a diaper and noticing the black remnant of his umbilical cord.  I would lie in bed and watch the lights from passing cars dance across my wall.  Our greatest times were at our grandparents’ cottage on Lake Winnipeg.  I loved how the rising sun sparkled on the lake, the sounds of the waves breaking on the beach, the feel of the sand running through my fingers and the smell of the trees after a rain.  I was shy growing up and would watch from the wings until I was invited into the action.  I was more comfortable in a small group or with one person at a time.  I spent my adolescence, immersed in music and attending whatever rock concert was in town.  The multi-sensory experience with the sound and lights filled my soul.  Even driving at night with the radio on had an emotional effect on me.   Light, colour and atmosphere were like magic.

As a small child, much of how we see the world is in the details and like we are noticing things for the first time.  We focus on individual things and explore with our senses.  Photography for me is physically capturing the world as I have been viewing it since 1968.  Atmosphere.  Mood.  Colour.  Light.  Texture.  Details.  My work is spontaneous and rarely planned.  I will drop what I am doing to capture the details of my day and the world around me.  I am inspired by how light plays with colour and the beauty of nature.  The beauty in the smallest details. How looking into someone’s eyes draws you in, just like when you would look into your mother’s eyes.  I love the quirkiness of the people I encounter on the streets of the city.  I want to invite people to share how I see the world, whether it’s of the morning sunrise from the comfort of our dock or of the quiet streets of our neighbourhood on a cold winter night and the moments in between.  Beauty is around us every minute of every day and I love to capture that beauty.  Whenever the mood arises.

  • Cheryl Dietmeyer - Hey Susan! Your new website is lovely! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Cheryl, sorry I took so long to reply to your comment!! Thanks so much. I am still a newbie when it comes to administering a website and didn’t know I had to moderate comments. My bad!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Samaras - Sue, I have loved reading about you and the way and why you shoot. I’ve wanted to ask you these questions myself because your images to me are so….full of the magic of life. I’ve read about photographers instinctively knowing the moment to press the shutter and that’s what I see in your images. I’ve also wondered if it’s something you have learned, that can be learned, but reading here it seems to be a part of who you are and have always been. So inspiring and thank you for writing this. Lisa ♡ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks for taking the time to visit, Lisa and for your kind comment. I think I have been looking at the world pretty consistently my whole life, but the vision needs to be paired with the technical aspects of photography, both in camera and in post processing. It wasn’t until I really understood how to use my camera that I was finally making the images that I was seeing. Classes in composition and light helped me look at the world more intentionally and to constantly be studying light and composition even without a camera in hand. A lot of my images (most in fact) are made in the moment. When I see light and an interesting composition I don’t waste a second and I grab my camera. Always have your camera near by and act quickly. Get your white balance, shutter speed and aperture set as you approach your subject, meter and set your exposure using the ISO to compensate (if you’re shooting in Manual of course!!). You’re good to go. Don’t discount your cell phone camera as an excellent tool to practice studying light and composition either. You can even take portfolio worth images with you cell phone (I have a few in mine).ReplyCancel

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