“It's marvelous, marvelous! Nothing will ever be as much fun. I'm going to photograph everything, everything!” - Jacques-Henri Lartigue, age 7.
I’ve always loved photography, probably influenced by my father, who was doing amazing stuff during the film era, including dressing me up in a cosmonaut suit and having me jump from a chair with a starry background behind me. I moved seriously into photography after "retiring" from Ironman triathlon (not that I was a pro, far from it) and set up a studio at home, essentially for photographing people.
Getting people in front of my camera and seeing how happier they become with the outcome as we go through the photo shoot is a great experience. It’s nice how people can quickly get comfortable in front of a camera with a little bit of encouragement and direction.
Except for people, I am happy taking pictures of pretty much anything from street scenes to landscapes with sport in between.
The challenge is managing to do something different (it seems that 2.8 billion pictures are taken every day throughout the world) and to create some emotion in the people looking at the photograph. Henri Cartier-Bresson used to say that our first 10,000 pictures are the worst ones, but I am well past 10,000 and can still see a long way ahead.
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"It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are." – Paul Caponigro