15 Jan What Lies Behind : Photographic Insights – Volume One
Source: Ian Macdonald Photography
Camera information: Fujifilm X100F | f/8 | 1/640th | ISO 200
I recently re-read one of my favourite photography quotes from Ansel Adams:
“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it”
This statement is absolutely true. To quote David Hobby, we should all strive to become thinking photographers. I love it when my students ask questions about a photograph because I can see their minds at work. Sometimes these questions focus on how an image was made (the craft), sometimes they focus on why it was made (the vision), but they always show a student’s desire to improve their craft.
Speaking for myself: I may occasionally want to know something about the technical aspect of an amazing photograph, but far more often what I really want to know is the photographer’s thought process as they made the image: What drew their eye in the first place? What did they see in their mind? What was their process for the creation of the image? How did they go about achieving success?
With this in mind, I have spent the last year writing a book featuring my images and the stories behind them. The book will come out later this year, but in the spirit of open source education I have decided to publish 2 dozen of these photos and essays here as well. My hope is that…..
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