Steve Ricketts: Finding His Vision
Article written by Russ Kidger, IACC Member
I had the privilege of watching Steve Ricketts make a member showcase presentation on October 12, 2017. The topic of the presentation was 'Finding my Vision.' Vision is a state of being able to see. In all presentations, I always ask myself what would I see in the photographs during the presentation?
Steve started by giving his background from a beginner photographer to where he is now. He let us all in on the amount of preparation for each photograph that he has taken for the locations he visits. He vividly demonstrated the most important elements of a good photograph. It was the ability to communicate with the viewer. His photos told a story through their composition, lighting, and subject matter.
His photos had a strong composition that immediately grabbed your eye. Once a photo has caught your attention you need the details to keep the eye interested. Steve used the obvious elements of light and dark colours and shapes. He constantly chose subjects that provided the shapes or colours he needed to lay down the basic design of an image. After that, Steve looked at the light. Light was used transform a subject or scene from the ordinary to the extraordinary. It is one of the most powerful tools a photographer has.
The shooting styles of all presentations vary greatly but they all have one thing in common, their work inspires me. Yes, Steve has done that more and more over the three years I have known him as a member of the Club. His photographs are beautiful to look at, they’re deeply emotive and they drive me to become a better photographer.