For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a powerful visual in my head about how photographs exist before they are made permanent via film or pixels and a camera.
The imagery is very simple – a deep beautiful evergreen forest, with various sized ornate golden picture frames suspended with invisible thread in every direction.
As you approach the frame and reach the right position, distance and angle, a memorable composition presents itself before you, perfectly framed.
A heart stopping, near magical experience.
Of course when we’re actually out with camera, there are no golden frames to guide us.
At least, none visible to the naked eye.
But the way I seek compositions is exactly the same – trying to find the best position, distance and angle to capture what’s before me in the form of a beautiful and memorable photograph.
How do you imagine photographs exist before someone renders them indelible with a camera?
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