On the right track.
This one’s not very newsy, sorry. Totally uninspired, I wracked my brain for something to give you, feverishly surfed the web, and in the end decided it was a toss-up between not posting at all, posting a few rubbishy little details about coming products, or giving you something to chew on related to your craft. Chewing won out, so here’s some reflections along the lines of why technique alone (the HOW of photography) can’t get you all the way to where you want to go. I know, I’m a one-sermon guy these days.
When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track.
- Arthur Fellig
Some of the great pictures, you just look at them and you marvel at them, for the subject matter and somehow they struck a chord in you. But it’s rarely about the technique. It’s not about the lens, or the film, or the light necessarily. It’s really just some story in that picture. Some emotional element which you connect with.
- Steve McCurry
Let us first say what photography is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term – selectivity.
Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.