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Moments not captured

"Any moment which is not captured is loss in the events of time." - Lailah Gifty Akita

There are so many seconds we let slip away because we’re too busy to notice them, but we have no excuse for neglecting the ones that we do. Not every event needs to be photographed – although it does help a great deal, which is why it’s handy to carry around a camera all the […]


What notes are you playing?

"The earth has music for those who listen." - William Shakespeare

The sort of art you capture depends on the sort of frequency you’re tuned into. And this, in turn, is affected by the moods and colours in your life from moment to moment. The gift of the artist is that he is always listening, always watching, always poised to receive the music. What notes are […]


Of objects and destinies

"Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny." - Georges Braque

It is a real experience to take things out of nature, choose things out of reality and arrange them according the puzzle in our minds. Beauty reveals itself in photographs when it cannot do so in the humdrum of daily life. It takes the fresh, discerning eyes of the artist to find wonder in the […]


Who can find beauty?

"He who seeks beauty will find it." - Bill Cunningham

Beautiful things don’t come by accident. They are a result of constant searching and often ridiculously hard work, even emerging as a by-product of pain and grief and hopelessness. The eyes that find beauty are those whose spirit has been bent to recognise it – regardless of whether it’s locked in a tower or hiding […]


Centuries in the making

"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved." - Ansel Adams

Photographs are not only portable sheets of colour but pieces of time stolen from the constantly running sands, snatched from a river that never stops flowing. Yet pictures are not random fossils of memory frozen by some cosmic accident; they are the silent musings of the artist’s mind, slowly waiting to find expression in the separate […]


A selfish way of life

"I believe that every time I press the shutter, I create for myself." - David Beckstead

Create for yourself. It’s the only way you can really truly create for others. The main ingredient for failure is trying to please everyone. Photography, like other forms of art, is an explosive yet silent, shared yet singular, altruistic yet utterly selfish way of life..


Make visible

"Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen." - Henri Cartier Bresson

There has never been another pair of eyes like yours, nor will there ever be. And the lens is the only way anyone can possibly share a semblance of your perspective of the world. Do not be intimidated by those who have gone before you; they do not show what cannot be emulated, but only reflect […]


Show what you see

"Photography is, in essence, the art of capturing light using a device that doesn't very well support it." - Anonymous

Beauty is wrapped in bundles of limitation. It is by pushing through the sieve of imperfection and deficiency that art is produced, having developed the necessary devices along the way. Yet it is not the device but the artist’s eyes that set the true limitation; ultimately, we can only show what we see..


Photographing preconceptions

"To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false." - Dorothea Lange

Don’t be afraid to go outside without a plan in mind. Starting with a clean slate allows sufficient space for reality to blend with imagination. A lens that is misty with the photographer’s clouded thoughts can hardly capture anything honest, clear or genuine..


To change perspective

"Sometimes one waits too long for the perfect moment before snapping the picture. You never realize that you needed was to change perspective." - Miguel Syjuco

What sometimes appears to be the obvious subject is meant to be the frame for the real focus of your photograph. Why capture the landscape when you can zoom in on the bright greenness of the grass? Why settle for the general greenery when there are specks of colour in the little petals among the […]


Confess

"A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession." - Albert Camus

To capture a moment is to open a window to your soul, to breathe, to unload the burden of an untold story. The artist works essentially for himself. And when others learn to appreciate this split-second revelation, they get the chance to find their story as well..


Another magical day in Cambridge

Another magical day in Cambridge. The skies are spectacular and the sun makes the buildings shine with delight..