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Why Photography is Special

photos of Anglezarke
photos of Anglezarke

Somebody recently asked me, why I’d gotten into photography. My explanation, at the time, was that I was interested in capturing memories, and while that is very true, it’s much more than just that.

Photography is a form of visual storytelling, and as human beings, we’re wired to pay attention to stories, it’s ingrained in our DNA.

We make sense of the world around us through stories, our internal thought processes are formed into self-talk stories.

Stories stimulate our imaginations, and the interplay between our creative mind and our rational mind can take us on something of a journey.

Here’s a little game to illustrate this fact.

Here are three sentences….

  • He went to the store
  • Fred died
  • Sharon went hungry and wept

Think about them for a moment, what is going on here?

Are Fred and Sharon married?

Who went to the store, Fred?

Why is Sharon hungry and weeping?

There are no right and wrong answers, but you’ll undoubtedly find your mind fills in the gaps, and looks for explanations to make sense of each of the sentences, and how they related to one another.

Great movies work in the same way, giving bread crumbs of information, and letting the viewers imaginations go to work in finding meaning in them.

We do the same with photographs, we look at the visual information presented to us, and ask why? What can I to take from this photograph? What is it trying to communicate to me?

As photographers, we can use devices like focus and depth of field to direct the viewer’s eyes and attention to a particular part of the photograph.

shallow depth of field examples
shallow depth of field examples
shallow depth of field examples
shallow depth of field examples

We use light and dark to do the same thing..

photographs taken at Lymm Dam, Warrington
photographs taken at Lymm Dam, Warrington

Learning photography is not just about understanding about shutter speeds and apertures, it’s about learning how to see, how to pay attention, it’s about being immersed in the moment.

Through photography, we start to see how light falls onto different surfaces, how it bounces, scatters and reflects back into the eyes.

How colours are intensified on bright sunny days and how shadows add contrast.

Dovestone reservoir by Mike Turner photography
Dovestone reservoir by Mike Turner photography

We see how light adds drama to a scene.

Pendle walk photos by Mike Turner Photography
Pendle walk photos by Mike Turner Photography

 

photos of fowey cornwall by Mike Turner photography
photos of fowey cornwall by Mike Turner photography

Using light to tell the story we want to tell.

Photography helps us get out of our heads and the abstract ideas and thoughts that so often consume our full attention and instead get out into the world, fully immersed in life as it unfolds, in the moment.

It’s teaches us to see and appreciate the beauty in simple and unexpected places and things.

st josephs seminary in upholland wigan

Strip away the labels and judgements and see what’s hidden in plain view.

In the studio we help tell stories about people,  pets,  relationships and family dynamics. Each family is as unique as the individuals that make them up.

Each person is a dynamic story, still unfolding and growing, made up of experiences, memories with hopes and fears. We all embody a unique perspective that each person holds. I like the idea that we are the universe experiencing itself from infinite points of view.

family photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography
family photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
family photoshoots

Away from the studio, Hazel and I like to walk in nature, often along canal tow paths or in parks or even occasionally, in the hustle and bustle of cities, taking lots of photographs as we go.

red rock wigan photos by mike turner photography
red rock wigan photos by mike turner photography
Singapore photography by Mike Turner Photography
Singapore photography by Mike Turner Photography
Singapore photography by Mike Turner Photography
Singapore photography by Mike Turner Photography

Life is ever changing, moments are fleeting, nothing is permanent and photographs help us experience these moments in life, over and over, to relive the story again and again. To help us remember a place, a person and a time we enjoyed.

If you’d like to learn more about photography, check out my one to one tutorials.

If you’d like to come for a photoshoot, or buy a voucher for family, friends or colleagues, check out the links at the top of this page.

The Dash Poem

Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography
Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

© 1996 Linda Ellis
http://lindaellis.net/

This fabulous poem by Linda Ellis really gets to the heart of what’s important in life, it inspired me to do this slideshow to celebrate the life of my wonderful dad, who passed away a short time ago.

Celebrating Family

Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography
Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography

We love to celebrate family, it’s been our great privilege to serve families, big and small, for many years. Under the umbrella of family are friends and people we share our lives with.

We love the dynamics of families, no two are ever the same. Families are as unique as the individuals that make them up.

Celebrating the unity of family requires cherishing the individuality of personalities that make a family a family. That’s why we have so many individual experiences to enjoy.

Family shoots, which include individual photos,  maternity shoots, baby sessions, and of course pet shoots. Come and enjoy one of our photoshoots soon, let our family welcome your family 🙂 You can find links to all our photoshoots here, which can be purchased for yourself or as gifts.

Below are some family orientated quote graphics to enjoy.

when all the dust settles family is all - Mike Turner Photography
when all the dust settles family is all – Mike Turner Photography
family love you most - Mike Turner Photography
family love you most – Mike Turner Photography
family to promote world peace- Mike Turner Photography
family to promote world peace- Mike Turner Photography
family is sharing love not just blood - Mike Turner Photography
family is sharing love not just blood – Mike Turner Photography
good friends are family - Mike Turner Photography
good friends are family – Mike Turner Photography
precious moments with family - Mike Turner Photography
precious moments with family – Mike Turner Photography
things are not important - Mike Turner Photography
things are not important – Mike Turner Photography

Family

Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography
Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography

We love to serve families at our studio in Lowton and have been doing so since 2008. Families come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of characters at the heart of them. Families as small as two and as large as, well, many.

Great families lie at the heart of our communities and should be celebrated and treasured.

We specialise in celebrating families with photoshoots for each and everyone one of the family members as individuals as well as to enjoy and share together.

Our love of serving families runs deep, we love our family of relatives and friends, who include customers who we’ve got to know well over the years as we’ve seen their family grow and evolve. It’s a privilege to have an opportunity to capture those moments in time that will long be treasured, celebrating milestones, stages and events in their lives.

I decided to write the following piece about my thoughts about family, hope you enjoy it…..

Family don’t have to be blood related, they can include friends, pets, neighbours, colleagues. It’s not about the genes we have in common it’s about the love we share. Love is what connects us, what bonds us together, what fills us up.

Family energises us because if someone else can have belief in us, we have permission to believe in ourselves.

A family can be as small as two or has big as many. If you’re alone don’t be, reach out, there are people who care. We care! Strangers are potentially family you’ve yet to get to know.

You can’t take family for granted, they are a blessing not a promise. Love and care for them, share and bond with them. Celebrate their individualism and the uniqueness of your shared connection because no two connections will ever be the same.

When we experience the loss of a loved one, it is often the things that drove us mad in life that we miss of them in death, at least it has been in my experience.

Our faults and hang ups are part of what make us uniquely us. Give them space to be appreciated in ourselves and in others, particularly family, and not just in death but in life.

Love, cherish, celebrate each other every day. Smile, laugh and remember good times shared and never forget.

family by mike turner photography
family by mike turner photography

Mr Bojangles – Brings Back Memories

video cover mike turner photography
social media video cover

I know this isn’t technically anything to do with photography, but as with photographs, such videos bring back fond memories, long forgotten. They are a link to people and places that meant something to us.

I just love this song, conjures memories of days gone by. As a child, l loved to watch the movies that Sammy Davis Jr starred in, and through them got to enjoy his persona.

But  I’ve learned to appreciate these artists even more as I’ve got older. Maybe it’s a craving for  my youth, when times seemed less complicated. I’m not sure they were any less complicated in reality, maybe it’s just a fact that now I’m over 50, I have more to look back on than I have to look forward to (heavy that isn’t it, sorry but true). This song has a sadness to it, a sentimentality and reminds me of people sadly no longer with us, that still have a fond place in my heart. I think it’s okay to look back sometimes. Hope you enjoy the emotion of this song. Below are the lyrics to help you sing along if you’d like.

*whistling*

I knew a man,
Bojangles,
And he’d dance for you
In worn out shoes,
With silver hair, a ragged shirt,
And baggy pants
He would do the old soft shoe
He could jump so high,
And then he’d lightly touch down.

I met him in a cell in New Orleans, i was,
While I was down and out,
He looked to me to be the very eyes of age, as he spoke right out, talked of life, Lord that man talked of life,
Laughed, slapped his leg and stepped.

He said his name was “Bojangles”
And he danced a lick right across the cell
He grabbed his pants, took a bitter stance, jumped up high
That’s when he clicked his heels
Then he let go laugh, Lord he let go laugh, shook back his clothes all around

That was Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Lord, he could dance

He told me of the times, he worked with minstrel shows, travelling around the south
He spoke with tears of fifteen years how his dog and he,
They used to travel all about
But his dog up and died, dog up and died
And after twenty years he still grieved.

He said “I dance now and every chance a honky-tonk, for my drinks and tips
But most of the time I spend behind these county bars, you see son, I drinks a bit.”

Then he shook his head
Lord, when he shook his head,
I could swear I heard someone say please

Mr. Bojangles
A-Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Come back and dance, please dance
Come on and dance now

A-Mr. Bojangles,
Mr. Bojangles,
Mr. Bojangles, dance
Come back and dance, Mr. Bojangles…

*whistle*

Songwriters: JERRY JEFF WALKER