Posted by: mcshanphoto | 28/08/2010

One step back…

I haven’t had the time lately to go out and shoot new work – so much for keeping up with The August Break folks.  I’m also having one of those ‘crises’ that any creative soul has from time to time where I’m looking at my photos with a totally subjective eye and thinking: Do I like my work and do I care if anyone else does?  Time to take a deep breath and a step back.  When I hit these moments I like to look at some of my older work to see how I’ve grown and changed…and get re-inspired.

In 2001 I went on a photography workshop to the west of Ireland that hugely changed the way I saw (visually) and how I felt (in my heart). It was one of the first times in a long time I had an ‘a-ha’ moment as I ran around in the cold, windy, and often changeable weather (it was October) with my cameras and tripod.  It was also the first time I ever did night photography and I learned to love the adventure of long exposures. Looking at this work from a distance of almost 9 years I can see what objects and themes I was attracted to, and how I explored landscape/nature photography when I never was quite sure how long the sun would stay out.

From my very first night of long exposure photography

The site of my a-ha moment…

Seeing my older work always makes me look at my current work in a new light.  I may have to go back a little further, maybe to my first rolls of film….stay tuned.



  1. Oh Shannon, this has come along at just the right moment for me. I have never really done any night photography, and right now, that’s what I want to do. Have tripod and such, so must do it.

    I’m even considering large format pinhole at the moment – I just want to get back to real film. I am so bored with digital.

    I love your black and whites.

    • Hi Sam…
      Thanks so much for your post. The Nocturnes (Tim was one of the teachers on that trip to Ireland) is a great site with tons of information about night photography (exposure times, etc).:
      I’m looking forward to seeing your work! I’ve just bought an old Mamiya 645 (with 3 lenses!) for a ridiculous sum and can’t wait to do some night photography with it.

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