Why We Photograph

Photography is a wide reaching activity that millions of us partake in for all kinds of reasons. Personally, I photograph for the following ones - - An excuse to wander in the countryside. I love walking, and nature, so any chance to combine both of these, I take. Photography gives it more purpose somehow, and… Continue reading Why We Photograph

Photographs – Do You Take Them Or Make Them?

The more common parlance in photography seems to be “take a photograph”. But personally I prefer to say I “make a photograph”. Why? A few reasons. When we release the shutter, we’re creating something that didn’t exist before, whether on film or digitally. The image will almost inevitably go through further development and processing, but… Continue reading Photographs – Do You Take Them Or Make Them?

Why A Photograph Is Never Finished

A photograph is never finished because even once you release the shutter and capture the scene before you on film or as pixels, there are an infinite number of post processing possibilities that could be applied, from simple cropping or exposure adjustments to radical treatments that render the original image almost indistinguishable. But even then,… Continue reading Why A Photograph Is Never Finished

The (Un)Importance Of Making 10,000 Photographs And Cycling 10,000 Miles

In recent years, 10,000 has been quoted by various sources as being some kind of magical number.  In Malcolm Gladwell's intriguing book Outliers, he gathers evidence to suggest that 10,000 hours of dedicated practice is the minimum one needs to begin to master their chosen craft, whatever that may be. Thomas Edison, inventor of the… Continue reading The (Un)Importance Of Making 10,000 Photographs And Cycling 10,000 Miles

I Photograph To Remember, I Photograph To Forget

Photographs are very deeply intertwined with my memories. As are dreams, but that's for another post. Pondering recently I realised photography is as important to helping me to remember as to forget. I photograph to remember... I love having a way to capture family moments on a medium other than just my memories. Plus you… Continue reading I Photograph To Remember, I Photograph To Forget