Michelle Williams: Inspirations.

Gateway to the Moors II North York Moors by Joe Cornish

Gateway to the Moors II North York Moors by Joe Cornish

 

I have many photography hero’s but to name only a few, I love the work of Joe Cornish, known for his large format and wide angles, the way he works with light is intrinsic, and I think he has made a real difference to the way Landscape Photography is seen and perceived in this generation.

I also love the work of Elliott Erwitt, the humour in his work is like no other, but it still retains a sense of honesty and integrity and Dorethea Lange is another favourite.

 

Don McCullin is amongst the ultimate masters in the field of Documentary photography. I find inspiration from his famous quote:

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

CYPRUS by Dom McCullin

CYPRUS by Dom McCullin

When I first read this quote, I felt it expressed perfectly what photography is about – feeling, engaging, emotive, a ‘sense of place’ and his words continue to inspire me, and without a doubt many other photographers too.

SOLDIERS by Dom McCullin

SOLDIERS by Dom McCullin

My number one inspiration however is the work of Steve McCurry, something just lights up in me when I look at his work, if I could produce just one piece of work as compelling as his images I would be a happy lady!  His use of colour, composition, and connection between photographer and subject is simply awesome.

I am currently in the process of updating my gear, and will be working towards a distinction with the RPS this year.  I normally shoot in a classic/purist style but recently have been working in a more impressionistic way, using textures and layers, this style can be seen in my woodland images. I am also finding new avenues to showcase, sell and promote my work and currently in talks with a local gallery regarding a possible exhibition.

Going forward I endeavour to continue learning and progressing, aquiring skills and experience in all genre’s of photography, particularly in Landscape and Documentary, those genres being my main passion.  My long term goal, health permitting, is to take some extended period of time again to travel, and I have plenty of ideas of where I would like to go, what I would like to photograph/document and how I would like the work to look, and the impact that I hope it will have.  But I’ll leave that a secret at the moment….you cant give everything away, so watch this space!

Happy snapping fellow photographers, and for all those that simply enjoy photography, art, or have a love of the landscape, I hope you always continue to have this love. To support our planet in even a small way can make a huge difference both today and for future generations to enjoy.

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Getting to Know Michelle Williams

It is such a privilege to be picked for both Image and Artist of the week. There are some fantastic photographers at the Shed Gallery, who inspire me on a regular basis. So thanks Ben and Chelsea for the opportunity to raise my profile. And for the work that you do for all the photographers and artists you work with.

Michelle Williams

Camel Caravan by Michelle Williams Photography

Camel Caravan by Michelle Williams Photography

Camel Caravan was the Winner of the Big Picture Telegraph Competition and also in their line up of the top 15 images of that year.  Also a National Geo Graphic Editors Pick.

I have always loved creative pursuits, from an early age I was forever doodling and playing around with scrap books.  I distinctly remember being captivated by landscapes, asking Dad to pull over to look at a view as a small child, and collecting flora and fauna with my Grand father, who’s beautiful poetry we added to our scrapbooks from weekends exploring the landscape together, and being enthralled by the natural world.

Peace II by Michelle Williams Photography

Peace II by Michelle Williams Photography

Peace II was shortlisted for the Travel photography Competition and finalist in ‘straight down the middle’.

As I got a little older I developed a desire for travel.  Far-flung lands and spice Islands, tribal cultures and beautiful vistas stirred my imagination, and I have been lucky enough to be able to fulfill my dreams of travel, living and traveling throughout the UK and worldwide. It is from these experiences that my creative expression grew.  Photography at first was (like for most people) a means of documenting these memories, but from as far back as I can remember I had a desire to pick up a camera and really do justice to the places I was seeing and the wonderful landscapes around us.  People started to comment that I had ‘a good eye’ that they really enjoyed looking at my images, and from there the confidence in my ability became stronger and the love and passion for photography became a way of life.  Like a lot of photographers I doubt myself, and I have a lot to learn still, but to be honest that excites me and propels me to carry on moving forward on this wonderful journey.  Landscape and Travel photography was my first passion but Documentary photography is something I have become more and more interested in over the last few years too, there is something so compelling about ‘freezing’ a moment in time, the feeling is almost paradoxical, poetic and thought provoking, and I find it extremely rewarding to be able to story tell with a single and/or a series of images.

Waves in Motion by Michelle Williams Photography

Waves in Motion by Michelle Williams Photography

Waves in motion was shortlisted in the Travel photography Competition.

Unfortunately I have suffered some difficult times and ill health over the last 5 years, which has left me with fatigue related issues, this can obviously create hurdles in terms of traveling and in getting out and about with my camera as much as I would like but creative bursts and opportunities are still there, and it is a major priority and driving factor for me in my recovery.

Under the Pier by Michelle Williams Photography

Under the Pier by Michelle Williams Photography

Under the pier was shortlisted in the Travel photography Competition.

On a more positive note, I am feeling proud with my accomplishments to date, along with winning some National Travel Photography competitions, some local landscape competitions and online documentary competitions, I have also had work exhibited and sold both in the UK and overseas.  I have undertaken large project work for local tourism, again both in the UK and overseas, and a number of smaller jobs in various genres.

Peaceful Contemplation by Michelle Williams Photography

Peaceful Contemplation by Michelle Williams Photography

Peaceful Contemplation was voted in the top 10 in an online competition.

In terms of preference for colour or Black&White imagery it really depends on many variables.  I feel I have a slight lean towards B&W particularly in documentary style work, but ultimately I think it depends on the subject, the light and what message you are trying to convey within the image.

Urban life by Michelle Williams Photography

Urban life by Michelle Williams Photography

Urban Life was voted in the top 10 in an online competition.

Gossip II by Michelle Williams Photography

Gossip II by Michelle Williams Photography

Gossip II was voted in the top 10 in an online competition.