I first became aware of Fiona Lark via Sean Tucker on YouTube.
He’s a fantastic photographer, philosopher, one of the guys you’d love to meet.
He has a great back story.
I can highly recommend his book.
Fiona is not human. She’s a spirit. If you watch her videos on YouTube you’ll see what I mean. Totally egoless, a total creative. Amazing. Her photos bring tears to my eyes at times. They’re so beautiful.
As photographers there is (to (mis) quote Sean) a pissing contest. Better cameras, better lenses blah blah blah.
Basically it’s not about the tools. The only tool you need is the one between your ears.
I watched a video recently where Fiona did street photography in Amsterdam where she eluded to being a bit uncomfortable. She mentioned in that video that she’d undertaken wedding photography so I’m a bit surprisedby that. I’ll look into that as in my experience, apart from the bride and groom, everyone is a stranger, that said, they know the context (they’re at a wedding, they know there will be a photographer) – it’s interesting…
Fiona is an enigma. I’m still trying to work her out. That said her images are beautiful.
I’ve had my own personal journey. Divorce. Moving to a new area. Anxiety, depression, insecurity.
Fiona alluded to having troubles in her life. We all do. And out of those she’s produced some beautiful beautiful images.
I started walking along my local canal and just ‘braved it out’ asking people if I could take their photographs. Only one couple said no. And I respect that. If they said yes…
I’d take their photograph…
Give them a business card (it’s not a business!)
And send them the images. No cost.
If you have any interest in ‘people’ photography (dichotomy – Fiona takes Self Portraits) you must must check her out. You’ll be moved I guarantee it.
I photographed weddings semi professionally for about 19 years. Packed in a few years ago as everone had an uncle Billy who had a camera, who could photograph the wedding ‘just as good as you – how can you justify the price’ – time to get out…then a friend of 30 years asked me to ‘come out of retirement’ and photograph his wedding. How could I refuse? So I photographed his wedding. A great success. Retire the cameras…now his brother has asked me to photograph his wedding to his partner. This is the last I promise 😂 I’m retiring from wedding photography after this!!!