| THOMAS WELLS
England and Wales
The Edge of the Sea
Tall Ships and Small Ships
The Edge of Night
Paradise and the Orient
Black and White
Shows and Exhibits
I got my first camera when I was about 10, but I really didn't get serious about photography until I was in high school. Over the past 50 odd years I have taken tens of thousands of photos. Most of these were taken in and around the rolling hills and forests of central Connecticut, which I have always called home. I enjoy the natural world and spend time hiking, kayaking and sailing. I also have a passion for travel, which I seem to do far too seldom. It seems natural to bring a camera along and try to capture that which inspires and find a way to convey that inspiration to others in the form of a printed photograph. I have never had any formal training in photography or the arts. I learned what I know about art and composition by looking at pictures and deciding why some work, and why others donít. Subjects that interest me are the natural, light, water, the old, and the ancient, rather than the glitz of modern society.
For me, photography is
mostly about exploration and discovery. I love
to wander, especially in unfamiliar places, not
knowing what lies over the next ridge. Though
sometimes there is much planning to be in a certain
place at the right time, much of the process is
happenstance and improvisation, not previsualization.
Very often, the most significant discoveries are made
during the journey rather than at the
destination. Planning creates opportunity.
What happens then is a mixture of luck, observation
and realization of whatís before me, that there is
something of significance and worth recording.
There is discovery in familiar places too. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many times I visit the same places near home, there are things overlooked in past visits waiting to be discovered. Natures ceaseless change presents a new landscape with every visit. Changes happen from year to year, day to day, sometimes minute to minute. A visit in the afternoon is different than a visit in the morning.
Photographer Gallan Rowell spoke of unexpected convergence, when several elements come together in an unexpected way, creating a new whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. It may be finding a particular angle for a shot that creates a juxtaposition of several elements of a scene in the frame, or exploiting a particular angle or quality of light, that results in a composition that presents something greater than just the components of the image. At other times, an image can be very fleeting, just a few seconds as clouds move across a landscape, momentarily highlighting a subject to provide focus and propel it from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Composition can also be a subtractive process, by finding a perspective that removes unnecessary elements that distract a viewer's focus, reducing a subject to its essence. At other times, a little mystery can draw the viewer in to explore an image. Something hinted at, but not obvious or shown. Something beyond the door, around the corner, or obscured in the mist.
Thomas Wells ©