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Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept

This comment was supposedly made by Henri Cartier-Bresson to fellow photographer Helmut Newton whilst taking Newton’s portrait. According to Newton, Cartier-Bresson’s hand wasn’t as steady as it used to be and some of his pictures were “a bit fuzzy” which caused him to utter these words. Of course, just because

Another Stream of Consciousness

Following on from this one, and probably due to the interminable state of lockdown and my reduced expectations for my photography, here’s another stream of recent photographic consciousness. Always take a camera with you, even to the supermarket. A camera gives you a license to see. As a photographer you

Five Photography Truisms That May Not Be… True

Rules, rules, rules. We all look for them to help guide us, especially when setting out in a new profession, project or personal endeavour. What are the things I can and cannot do according to accepted social norms? What have others done before that are good and bad? What are

A Stream of Consciousness

This seemed like a good idea so I thought I would capture my own stream of consciousness made on a wet November afternoon. No reasons. No order. (Maybe) no sense. Here they are regardless. A camera is really a notebook. If you carry it with you at all times you

Is a Camera a Tool You Use or an Instrument You Play?

We’re constantly being told that photography should not be about the gear but instead should be all about the image. It doesn’t matter what gear you use, a great photographer will create an amazing image no matter what camera she uses to expose the scene and capture it on sensor

A Finger and Two Legs

The second half of 2017 became a nightmare of an artistic block for me photographically.  A couple of disastrous shoots (which maybe I’ll talk about sometime) and some difficult times personally meant I ended up not writing about, and barely actually doing any, photography for nearly six months! But, it’s

My Take on Street Photography

I have a confession to make – I’ve never really ‘got’ street photography. What exactly is it for and why do so many photographers take pleasure roaming the streets of cities around the world snapping unsuspecting citizens going about their daily business? Although I have dabbled in making street photographs over the

Photographic Inspiration for 2017

If you need some inspiration for your photography this coming year you could do worse, a lot worse, than spending 18 minutes of your valuable time watching this video narrated by the iconic photographer Henri Carter-Bresson. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment was made in 1973 by Scholastic Magazines, Inc. and the International

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Learn Photography

“That’s why teaching and learning is nothing. It’s living and looking. All these photography schools are a gimmick. What are they teaching? Could you teach me how to walk?” So said the great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson in an interview with the journalist and filmmaker Sheila Turner-Seed in 1971. You can

Five Reasons Why You’ll Always Suck at Photography

A reflective post inspired by this article on Medium. So you call yourself a photographer? Sure, you’ve got an expensive camera (or six) and more lenses than will fit in all your camera bags (of which you have more than you know what to do with). You know all the

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