“No, you don’t shoot things. You capture them. Photography means painting with light. And that’s what you do. You paint a picture only by adding light to the things you see.”
My photography is mainly of whatever catches the eye, whether impressive, attractive or merely of interest. Yes, I like to produce beautiful photography. But the world is not always pretty, and it will often deserve to be recorded. Whether attractive or ugly, the story is what you make of the picture.
Whatever the emotion to be conveyed – anger, fear, happiness, surprise, sadness, disgust, interest or shame – good composition, lighting, exposure and focus are central to a compelling image. That is, the “painting with light” referred to above. If the final outcome is meaningful to the viewer – invoking perhaps a sense of amazement, satisfaction, annoyance or rage – it will have served its purpose.
I am inspired by what the late Romanian pianist, Radu Lupu, said about music-making and which is applicable to all forms of artistic expression, including photography:
“Everyone tells a story differently, and that story should be told compellingly and spontaneously. If it is not compelling and convincing, it is without value.”
Radu Lupu (30 November 1945 – 17 April 2022)