Photography by Antje Woolum
I'm never without my camera so my mind is open and receptive to the constantly changing world around me. I started photography almost 8 years ago and have been unable to stop since. Usually I do not set out to produce art about one subject or another, but I am rather inspired by daily life or better by living life. Often times I will create a photograph that is created not only by what I see but also by what I hear or smell. Some times I produce a series of photographs, like the Naughty Pepper Series , just to explore the possibilities of different lighting.
I didn't set out to be photographer nor am I one of those who held a camera in hand as soon as they could walk. I actually simply stumbled upon it quite late in life, picking up a camera one day and realizing that whenever I held one in my hand and looked through the view finder, the outside world simply seemed to disappear. I recognized that a whole new world opened up right before me, one that I had simply overlooked before when looking at the whole picture of my reality. I originally never would have hoped or dreamed that photography could become what is to me today.
My work tends to focus on the obvious yet with a completely new perspective. There is nothing that hasn't been seen before, but when viewing it with a new perspective it becomes a new feeling, a new want, a new means of seeing the world around us. Life is ever changing and therefore so does my art.
I have been asked why I do not just stick with a certain style as to brand myself and I have given that lots of thought. I have however realized for myself that photography is definitely a form of self-expression. Can I brand myself into a certain kind of style? No I cannot, because the very act of doing so would keep me from expressing myself freely.
I do favor black and white photography over color, because I feel it inspires the mind of the viewer to fill in the colors. I guess I do have my own style because each photograph I create is unique as it reflects my vision of the world around me as I see it....