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One year with Sony Alpha cameras and ZEISS E-mount lenses. Developing my own photographic eye in a in a scratch book manner. Hunting the stream of inspiration and sharing it through a popular blog platform.
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Waypoint one: the dark frames

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 – f/11, 1.6sec, ISO100, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

So what are my plans for the year 2016? I have my own photography project and access to great equipment, so how am I going to spend this once in a life time opportunity? Well, there is always some uncertainty when one tries to forecast the future – God laughs when man is planning his doings – and with this kind of project opportunities are sometimes created by themselves. But I've tried to categorize everything I've done in the past just to see what kind of interests I'm made of. Based on my earlier photography and gut feeling the waypoint number one in the fictional map of my own photography is 'the dark frames'.

For some reason I fell in love with the dark frames already very early in my photographic adventures and they have been perhaps the most influential images that I've done – at least within photography circles where I've shown my images to other people. I don't know if I can explain this love for the darkness in photography – and not really sure if I should even try it – but in my opinion the images done in daylight are often too self-evident, plain declarative and without secrets. Surrounding things with darkness takes images to another level, which often lie somewhere within the inner world. Playing with the liminal state where images are hair close to break the reality but still remain loyal to the nature of photography is just something I love to do.

So the dark frames are definitely something I should explore more. Not just because I love doing them, but also to distinguish myself from the other photographers out there and to build my own identity as a photographer. Like I have already said somewhere else, I see myself as 'a raw material in a cooking state' and to develop myself further in photography, I should find my own niche and cultivate it into something that would define me as a photographer. This really is no news and anyone who is trying to become a photographer in some way or another has to find his own niche/subject/target/etc. So this is something I should try to do with my one year journey with the Zeiss-lenses, Sony-bodies and all. I don't want to make this too ambitious as great goals always come with the great risks, but I definitely want to call this card and see where my own inner vision and photographic eye can take me. So with these words the dark frames are one waypoint in my photography year 2016.