Mary Winston

Mary Winston

Mary Winston

Briefly

I am a keen amateur photographer now living in New Plymouth New Zealand. I am self taught. About approx 5 years ago (mid 2012) I purchased a Fujifilm X-Pro1 plus the 35mm 1.2 lens, the book by Rico Pfirstginer on the X-Pro1 and worked my way through that book combined with using the manual and sticking with using the lens I had purchased to the exclusion of other lenses I had since purchased. At the beginning of 2016 I bought the newly released Fujifilm X-Pro2. I have also used the manual to come to grips with that camera. That was is not the easiest as manuals are notoriously lacking in information that one thinks is essential or the explanation does not always work the way it is supposed to work.

The move from Wellington to New Plymouth was a bit of a culture shock and I have spent some of the time here re-assessing my style and type of photography. I have also been trying to curate my photographs by removing the dross and organising the rest into collections so that I can easily find them when I need a particular photograph. 

While doing this I have taken the time to read some books that I have put off reading in the past as I was busy with work. I have read or I should say dipped into 'Scultpting Time" by Andrei Tarkovsky. Not the easiest of books but I am a  great admirer of him and have seen all his movies. This book deals mainly with his films. Tarkovsky is also helping me with slowing down and appreciating and getting into a particular  scene and enjoying its progression. Some of his takes in his films are really slow but if you really watch the scene you notice all the minor items  that Tarkovsy has drawn in and used to build the scene 

I am also re-reading "Understanding a Photograph" by the late John Berger and some short essays by the brilliant writer Teju Cole. His essays are really very good especially the ones on photography.

I was part of an exhibition of art at a local community gallery in Eltham, Taranaki.