4th June, 2015
Observations are important - photography, the eye and the spirit of viewing an image before, during and after its capture is where the sweet spot of design and art merge into a finished piece of work.
Capturing an image is done in the moment, whether or not it has been staged or candid. All the change from the past is unimportant when focussing on that single moment. If we look at it from the opposite perspective - where the view we are looking at is looking and wanting to be captured by us the photographer - then this is the most important single moment that vista has to be transformed into another dimension …. a photograph. What comes first - the vista or the photograph? The vista helps create a new element of itself. Timing is of the essence.
In art ... ‘Photography is for the eyes' as what ’music is for the ears’.
Photography is a profession/sport/art/hobby/fun pursuit - which anyone can do with the right tools, observation techniques, location and subject. The difference between an amateur and a professional in the field of photography is the ability to see. Experience, observation and being open to the possibility that we may not have had all the answers - but will wait patiently for the sun to come out from behind a cloud and reveal its amazing light. Click, click.
Be flexible, broad minded, non judgemental - but enough to accomplish the commission - or the moment will be missed.
Many thanks for your time.
Photo: Blain Crellin
Location: Shanghai, China