TonySlattery

North Narooma, Australia

My journey in photography started in the early 1980 with processing my own black and white images in a makeshift darkroom under the...

Why photograph?

Why photograph?

Be smart and say because you have to. In a sense, i do indeed have to, because i need something bigger than myself to obsess about. Something to occupy my mind.

In order to share what i see. To photograph is more than just snapshots. In order to photograph, one must notice things. Your friend, your wife, your girlfriend may say to you “Wow, look at that, that would make a great photo. Why don’t you take a picture of that.” If only it were that easy.

The art and skill involve in photography is a balance of contradictions. To release the shutter is both the easiest and most difficult thing. To point the camera in the general direction of the object you wish to photograph and to depress the shutter button, this is something anyone can do, and a lot of people do, and sometimes you get lucky, you make a half decent photograph. The gods of silver smile down on you come up with something that you personally find quite acceptable.

Unless of course, you are an Artist.

If you are an artist, you want to make the best possible picture out of what you see, and you have to know how to get that.

I don’t like to brag, but sometimes i tell people i have a photographic memory. Some people are impressed because they think it means i can recall everything i read, or study down to the smallest detail. Until i tell them that i forget everything in a flash.

But is do think i have a retentive memory for pictures that have had an impact on me. One such picture was a calender shot of a vineyard. It was well composed, the lighting was good, and the overall effect was quite pleasing. It was some months later that i happened upon exactly the same vineyard while on holiday.

To be continued.

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