20 Feb Quirky road to teaching photography

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When I was asked a few years ago by the people who run skyros.com holidays if I’d teach photography — in Greece and elsewhere — I said, “sure”, as I’d been taking photos for years, had been Technical Editor of the UK magazine “Practical Photography”, and did a radio series about photography back in the mists of time.

I thought, though, that I ought to evaluate why I take photos, so as to pass that on, rather than just teach How To Do It.

So I looked at hundreds, or thousands, of my pics to find the ones I really liked, and to see what my photos “said” — or what, if anything, made them MY photos, rather than just anyone’s. In other words, did I have anything, really, to say, or to teach, about photography?

Here’s what I found:

In the days of film, I took photos which were just records of what was in front of the camera: Pics of holidays in Spain, in Thailand, in Tunisia, in Germany. They were what I saw, and I’d snapped them. Also, back in the film days, I used lenses wide open or stopped down — as many people did — simply to get the right depth-of-field (which was, in those days, engraved on every lens).

In the early digital days, around 1997, when people said “ah, but digital will never replace film, digital’ll never have the resolution of film,” my digital pics looked at first just like my film photos…

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