Through my various crafts, I've spent my lifetime telling stories. Even as a child, I wanted to share how I perceived the universe and endeavored to find the clearest way to communicate that.
The medium has never mattered as much as the message, yet Photography has always held a particular magic for me – this incredible technology that allows me to archive ephemeral moments – to gather illuminated details and fleeting reflections and make a record of them – to, quite literally, 'write with light'.
To my eye, light speaks the most beautifully poetic language. Studying its linguistic patterns has been one of my life's greatest joys – as well as my most reliable coping mechanism.
This world is a very loud place.
As a deeply empathic being with highly acute senses, I've always preferred the periphery – that safe boundary from which I can quietly observe without drowning in excess stimuli. My camera silences the cacophony, becoming my safe edge, allowing me to be peripheral in the middle of everything.
Through my lens, I'm better able to organize all that I'm perceiving – to reframe it within the clean borders of an intuitive composition, making sense of an otherwise chaotic flood of minutiae. My vision turns childlike – full of optimism, wonder and curiosity. I become the silent witness – effortlessly present and aware of my surroundings – charmed by the smallest of details rather than feeling bombarded by them.
Entering into my tenth year working professionally, I'm only now coming to understand just how much my craft has been my saving grace. Often, in moments of overwhelm, I disappear into the garden with a macro lens, finding much-needed solace in the presence of immaculate raindrops and busy pollinators. There's an incomparable silence there, in those tiny worlds – a wordless stillness that grounds me and muffles my inner-dialogue.
It's a verifiable addiction – I'm alright with that.
Photography is my livelihood – my anchor – my most trusted companion. It has allowed me to move through the world gracefully, helping me see beyond myself, offering stunning views of things I now realize most people won't ever notice.
I used to feel this strange touch of guilt when people praised my work, as though I deserved no acknowledgment for simply documenting what was right there, in plain view – candid expressions and behaviors that I believed everyone had clearly observed.
It took me a long time to comprehend that the difference is in how I see – that my lifetime study of light has effected a sort of fluency in me – the ability to also read and interpret the subtleties of its wordless inflections – that the greatest gift I can offer is the sharing of that perspective.
While I maintain a healthy humility regarding my technical skill, I also know that my approach is uncommonly honest – that my sense of timing, sharpened by decades of doing what I love, has become something resembling 'predictive' – that I regard my subjects with immeasurable respect and sincerely love what I do.
After a lifetime of story-telling, I now endeavor to see from a place that transcends story – to be so present that 'I' almost cease to be there – to hear with my eyes, without projection – to listen for authenticity and respond when invited– to 'honor', rather than 'capture' or 'take'. Those words insinuate a kind of 'holding onto' or 'attachment' that doesn't accurately describe what I do. How I engage with each moment is far more important than the resulting image.
• It really isn't about me. My task is simply to show up and offer visual testimony of what I behold. I intend to keep doing just that. •
In-depth Q&A with Artist Zipporah Lomax; discussing everything from technical post-production workflow, to the integral intangible-elemental methods within her work.
"An intricate dance between beautifully dyed cloth and the whipping desert winds. Floating Tibetan flags fading into a fog that seems to trail on forever. These images are just a tiny sample of all that Zipporah Lomax adds to her incredibly impressive portfolio of photographs of everything from music events to intimately personal portraits to jaw-dropping landscapes from her extended travels around the world. Here she discusses the purpose of her medium, her favorite moments to photograph, and what she sees as her unique abilities to share with her audience."
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