Nature and photography – a common path
First and foremost, I would like to thank my friend Lara, for her willingness to present her readers with the work and the approach of different photographers from all around the world. This leads us to push our limits and give our best.
I cannot wait to talk about my love for nature and photography.
Hello everyone, my name is Jenna Raine, and I am French.
My adventure in the photographic world began when my father gave me my first camera for my 18 years. It was a Minolta x700 film. Today I am using an Olympus OM D. I took my first steps with a film camera, but I recognize that a digital one offers more comfort because of the multiple shots one can take in a few seconds, in order to find the “perfect one”.
The silver film of those times, though, was a very good school to learn how to quickly make manual adjustments.
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My early motivation – who would have thought?
Back then, my motivation was to show my relatives – who avoided being photographed for fear of the outcome – that they were instead very photogenic. Revealing and highlighting their beauty, their charm was my main objective. Usually, my “models” would very much appreciate the end result and ended up gaining confidence in themselves. That was the starting point for my photographic adventure.
Thanks to my parents – who work as pharmacists and herbalists – I have been in touch with nature from a very early age. As the years passed, my love for photography strengthened this bond. The purchase of a * zoom was the final step to get into another universe, the so-called “unnoticed” one.
No end and no beginning – the endless world of nature
I am talking about all the beautiful natural things that surround us and that we often fail to notice. It is a universe made of forms, colours, contrasts and lights. An attentive photographer knows that it is their duty to step in and let their eyes and imagination sublimate this hidden beauty.
In this way, we become more and more receptive to the subtle beauty of insects, plants, flowers and the overall environment. What a beautiful way to commune with nature! We are peaceful image hunters, silent admirers, witnesses, explorers of a world that never ceases to amaze us… Nature is so varied that sometimes I feel like I am an interplanetary traveler.
My art therapy – I want to make your souls vibrate
However, not only is my goal to perfectly reproduce these masterpieces from the vegetal kingdom, but also playing with the above forms, colours and lights and the overall atmosphere in order to release an artistic painting.
I would like such a painting to sublimate reality and bring a whiff of moral well-being to anyone who contemplates it.
I call this my art therapy. Starting from these plant forms, be they a beautiful rose, some seeds or dead leaves, I try to extract the quintessence and create a world where colours are perfectly matched and the form and the appearance of such subjects look differently. All that to let the spirit of an observer lose itself in it. My ultimate goal is to arouse feelings, emotions and leave an impact on anyone stopping by to look at my pictures… I know that everyone has a different reaction and a different perception of the world, but I aspire any observers to find and unearth a detail that makes their souls vibrate.
A quest for positivity – every life has value
Creating positive emotions is a way to make my humble contribution to changing a world submerged with negative impressions and information. All it takes is a literal walk in the park on an apparently uninteresting path. Such an ordinary action, can turn into an exploration of a dazzling natural world hiding unsuspected wealth. The photographic adventure that ensues enables me to connect with a serene, profound and basically unlimited natural reign. I call it “my personal yoga”. I just need to walk 100 meters, but actually, it is a path to moral enrichment and relaxation.
What is more, to follow the seasons is a delight not only for a photographer’s eye but also for their spirit. Seasons change and so does our life perception. A sense of humility and deep respect inevitably grows in us for any form of life, as insignificant as it may seem. This is my natural way to re-connect with the essential.
I hope this article gives you a desire to embark on a photographic adventure, if it is not already the case.
Anyway, thank you very much in advance for taking the time to read about my approach to nature photography and -hopefully soon – check my work on Instagram.
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