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Alister Benn • Embracing Transience

Life always survives the seasons. As winter turns to spring, so new possibilities and vistas are presented. And when it comes to trusting what you see, Alister Benn has some answers

If the passing of the seasons tells us one thing, it is that nothing is permanent. As winter releases its grip on the northern hemisphere, new life emerges and flourishes from the decaying remains of the bounty of past years. The endless cycle of growth, death, decay and rebirth is manifest on a daily basis in the landscape around us. Nothing proves the power of life more strongly than the emergence of spring from the bleakness of winter. Life flows forwards not backwards, yet we fear the future, while embracing the regrets of the past.

Living and working in the landscape every day has taught me that welcoming this transience is a fruitful and sombre reminder of what is truly important in my life. I have written about managing expectations before on these pages, but in this article I aim to highlight the importance of perspective in our photographic development. Your work is a function of you, and if you are forever chasing an ideal of yourself in the future, you will always be running from the you that is present in the here and now.

Here is a thought to start off with: the chances are you are as good a photographer right now as you have ever been. From your ability ...

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Alister Benn

Alister Benn is the Founder of Expressive Photography Limited, a company dedicated with passion to encourage individual creativity. He also produces weekly YouTube videos on the entire creative process, from vision, engagement, aesthetics, geometry to the technical aspects of capture and the myriad of processing options.

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