I have been interested in photography since I got my first camera when I was 4 years old. I have had different "simple" cameras growing up, where motive and composition have been the most important. When my boys were small, I got my dad's camera, and was able to experiment with more exciting settings. For a while, I used photography mostly for motif hunting and inspiration for my paintings. During busy periods, and when traveling without the opportunity to paint, photography eventually became a means of satisfying the need to be creative. When I go into the "bubble" I find motif everywhere, and it is the light, colors and composition that attract me, here as in the art of painting.
When I choose material to print the photo on, I have experimented a bit with acrylic glass, brushed aluminum and Fine Art cottonpaper. I choose material according to what I think emphasizes the different motif's individuality, and I wish the material to give the image an extra dimension. Acrylic glass gives very clear colors and a nice depth to the image, but can be a bit exposed to reflection in the glass. Brushed aluminum, on the other hand, has the ability to utilize the reflection to give extra life to the bright surfaces in the motifs.
Interestingly I have discovered I subconsciously have a common thread in all my motifs when it comes to colors and composition, regardless of whether it is a photo or a painting. I experience that doing both means results in a development both in photography and painting.