Brooke and I have been doing yoga recently and the instructor always talks about being a ‘quiet observer’. It a pretty awesome concept of calming the ‘controller’ in your mind and just being present in the moment without thought, fear or judgment.
It’s funny, as a photographer I constantly want to improve my craft and push myself to take better photos. I’m sure in years time I will have that same desire. It’s kind of like a journey without a destination but I love every step of the way. It’s something that occupies a lot of thought, perhaps sometimes too much. I guess it’s the cost of doing something you are so passionate about.
The reason it’s funny is that to me some of the most powerful images (whether they be mine or from someone else) are the ones that aren’t meticulously thought out or premeditated. In some ways they take the least effort. They are fleeting life moments that are natural and genuine.
When I see the shots of Maryke’s mother looking at her daughter in the dress for the first time or Eddie looking at his wife with that cheeky loving grin, I know that I’ve done my job. They are precious memories frozen in time forever. It’s those moments when you are taking the photo you don’t ‘think’, you just ‘do’. The shot almost finds itself. It’s like being a quiet observer.
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