Bali . March 2014
‘Capture what you feel, not what you see.’ David Alan Harvey
Ten years ago I landed on the shores of Bali, we were in a boat coming in from Java. I had a backpack containing all the possessions I was journeying with over many months. I was single and travelling with a group of strangers who had become friends. I was full of adventure, hope and my eyes were wide like saucers.
Here I was ten years later, I landed onto the tarmac with a suitcase and a backpack, but this time it contained a laptop, iPad mini and a plethora of camera gear. I was visiting for just five days. In the meantime I had become a wife and a Mother. I was about to join yet another group of strangers, soon to be friends, and that part was actually the cherry on the cake.
As for my eyes, they were still wide like saucers, but not the freshly baked in the oven saucer ready for its first use by a new owner. This time my saucers had visited much more of Asia, had lived in Malaysia and trained in photography as well as nurtured the art of seeing. So what did they see? What did they feel? These eyes of mine. Colour in the most part. Texture and light too. And composition, of course. Beautiful composition.
For all who have visited may agree, Bali is full of colour. It’s lush and green, often brightly lit and full of vibrant flowers and offerings. What was I looking for when I wended my way? Colour which caught my eye, colour which said something, told a story and drew my attention. Vibrant reds, gentle blues and all the hues of brown and beige. Some balanced, some punctuated with contrast. Whilst always using the tool I had with me 24/7, a simple and trusty iPhone.
‘The world in my pocket’ is a personal project incorporating series of images from different countries, all shot with my iPhone. Encouraging and supporting the idea that it’s not always necessary to use the biggest and latest gear available on the market to create beautiful imagery. These images and others are also featured on my Instagram feed @chloeatthelodge