“Figure out what you want to say about life and make it work in a rectangle box.” – Paul Strand
As with any art medium, photography is a way that someone can voice their opinion and show life from their perspective. The technical side of photography is very important along with gear. However, David duChumin summed it up best when he said; “gear is good, vision is better.” This is so true; no one has your vision and no has had your past. How you see life is uniquely you and no can take that from you.
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Suess
Before you press the shutter release button on your camera, think. Evaluate the scene. Do things line up to what you want to say and does the image portray your vision. I don’t always get my “vision” in an image but I would be lying to say that every bone in my body did not strive to make this scene everything it can be. So always rely on your vision, it’s the best tool in your toolbox. Bellow is a National Geographic film where photographers discuss the power of an image and why they photograph.
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