A moment of truth
Stephen Cotterell recently interviewed me, and part way through we had to stop and start the process again, why? Click to find out.
He asked a simple question, and as my mind searched for a response my brother came into my mind and I got upset. You see I have no photographs of my brother, and as he is sadly no longer with us I will never have the chance to get any. That fact alone shows me how important images can be, my mind plays tricks on me and there are days I may forget, but with a photograph that image will always be there keeping the memory firm and true in my mind.
Stephen also asked, "What is magic?", well, it's not the technical stuff, it's not big illusions and dancing girls, for me, it's that split second when you take a sharp intake of breath in astonishment, when you are genuinely WOW'ed - I want to create that with my images. I don't think it's possible to do that with every image, but when I am on a shoot I am always looking to create one WOW shot. I don't think that's too much to ask for, it is possible but it takes work, time and skill - knowing your craft will help you know when the moment arrives, so you will instinctively press the shutter. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, then why not aim to make the first word WOW.
Having been told most of my life I would never amount to anything, and why bother trying, this has made me question and doubt myself - it has also made me determined to do better and be better. I have had to struggle and fight for almost everything I have, and I know all too well how easily it can be taken away. So, if photography really is your 'passion', your dream, then hold onto it tightly and make it a reality, push it further than you ever thought you could, after all, what's the worst that can happen? ;)