Updated: Oct 9
Topic 3: AUTHORSHIP and COLLABORATION: Reflection
The action of working with someone to produce something.
Fig: 1 Picture by Darren Cammock.
Words By Darren Cammock.
“I seem shy due to my anxiety, I want to talk, but my mind is working overtime, filling myself with thoughts of inadequacy, people judging me, and stripping away my self-worth.”
“I just wish people could understand my head, and I just wish I could understand my head.”
“One of the best things to come from collaborations is the discussions on how we go about our work. Yes, sometimes we don’t like others to criticize our work, but realizing this is a big part of our photography helps us discover more opportunities and styles that we would not have thought of trying. I guess we never stop learning, so any help is good help. Sometimes we are afraid to tell others our feeling about their work or to offer support. There is no harm in using corrective criticism to show your feelings or say how you would have done something differently. If people want to take the information on board, they will.”
At the start of my photography care, I was lucky to find a mentor in the way of Darren Cammock. Not even knowing me, he offered his wisdom and photography knowledge to me. I was shy at first and did not know anything about photography. How my life was changed, like anything in life, the more you put in, the more you will get out of your practice. Collaborating with Darren through the likes of Facebook and other social media was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had.
Fig:2 picture By Lee Hall
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Fig:3 Picture by Lee Hall
“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” ~Henri Cartier-Bresson
I already had the same passion as my mentor Darren in the way of all thing nature, so this was a fantastic partnership in our photography. The only thing was Darren was a lot more advanced than I was. To my good friend Darren, this was not a problem as he found it not only a challenge, but in a way, he could express his feeling towards his photography practice and guide me towards my photography.
Without this Collaboration with Darren, I don’t think I would be where I am now doing my master’s in photography.
So, my utmost gratitude to Darren Cammock for all his help and collaboration with me.
Fig: 4 my self and Stewart Wood
Link to Stewart Woods website: https://stewartwood.com/
Links to Stewart Woods YouTube Chanel: https://www.youtube.com/c/StewartWoodArt
Picture: Myself during a collaboration meeting with fellow YouTube creator Stewart Wood.
My first-ever professional collaboration was with a fantastic macro photographer and content creator, Stewart Wood. I must say I did not realize at the time how collaborating with others and not only photographers but with other sauces, would make a massive difference to my photography practice. Working as a team and collaborating with others is a fantastic opportunity to grow as a photographer and expand my career.
We worked together doing macro photography collaboration on YouTube. One week would be on Stewart’s Chanell doing a macro critique. And the next week, we would be on my channel doing Questions and Answers. This was not only to help our fantastic viewers gain a better insight into the world of macro photography but also to help the growth of our channels and reach out further.
The best thing about our relationship was that we were different in our approaches to our photography styles, my one being a love for creative water droplet photography and nature. And Stewart has a passion for jumping spiders, owning quite a few different species. He also promotes a good understanding of how to care for and look after jumping spiders.
So it is my greatest pleasure to say a massive thank you to Stewart Wood for the opportunity to work together in our photography and for helping me with my videography.
Fig:5 Picture by Lee Hall
“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Also, while running my YouTube channel, I have been gifted with the opportunity to interact with my followers. I refer to my followers as my family, as we all share a passion for photography, and each has different talents. I always say and tell my YouTube family if they have any questions to ASK. So I can collaborate and help them as much as possible.