I love people that are passionate about their art - whether it's writers, artists, photographers or cake bakers, I don't care what it is - but passion is important in whatever you do.
I recently visited an event in North Cornwall - it's held most years and celebrates the art and passion of surfboard shaping. Shapers are an interesting bunch - as eclectic and varied as the boards they meticulously coax out of foam and fiberglass. This years event brought together shapers from throughout the UK to discuss their passion and talk about rockers , concaves and rails with similarly obsessed people.
I originally thought of doing a set of portraits against black but the venue was a little restricted on space to set up a background so that idea quickly went out of the window. I ended up shooting most of the series of images with natural light against a blank wall outside the pub where the event took place. The images were ok as a set - nothing outstanding individually but a nice record of the event and the character that make up the surfboard shaping community. Having done some basic lightroom corrections I then imported the set into my Iphone for processing using a variety of apps to enhance the images - its seems a strange thing to do perhaps, to purposefully degrade the images but the end results are arguably more interesting than the originals.