• Natalie Carroll

back to the beginning

One of the first things that I had noticed when we began lockdown is how my creativity for my photography depended so much on what was happening around me. What I often photographed was reliant on the people and places - and all of a sudden that was taken away from me and I felt as if I was left with nothing to photograph. It impacted me because I questioned whether I was even a good photographer, or if I was even at all creative if I couldn't go outside. So, I decided that instead of viewing this through a negative lens, I was going to make the most of my time at home. I'm lucky because I do live with my parents, in a house with a big garden and so I have an opportunity to play around with lighting, space, household objects, etc. During my free time, I've taken my Instagram account more seriously - I had previously just used it as some amateur portfolio. I've followed more photographers that I take inspiration from, whom I admire for the way they take a new perspective on what could be considered an ordinary image of a person or place. Photography was my first passion and I don't ever want to give it up or lose sight of it because I wasn't in my typical environment. This past weekend, after trawling through Pinterest for ideas, I found some simple images of playing with lighting and fruit and wanted to try and see if I could do it (see below!)

Are all the images I took amazing photos? Not in the slightest, but for the first time in a while, I had so much fun just playing around with the shadows from a garden chair and a kitchen towel that I used as a prop. Just sitting outside with my camera moving fruit around to get that perfect photo was nostalgic for me - I used to photograph everything around me (ugly or not) and the more I became busy, the more I saved photography for only when I was traveling or 'special occasions' when something looked just perfect. I don't want to do that anymore - I want to photograph everything - the good, the bad, the ugly. I'm beyond excited to feel this surge of passion and drive for photography, just like I had six years ago when I began.