I'm a recovering teacher with a photography problem. I try to find the shot where nobody else is looking.
For me, the essential element in any image is energy, whether it's the energy of the subject in a dynamic portrait or the environmental energy in a landscape; whether it's explicit in movement, or implicit in mood.
Those who dismiss post-processing as creative heresy fail to appreciate the many hours, days, sometimes years the great pioneers of photography spent in the darkroom interpreting and re-interpreting their iconic work to convey that intrinsic energy.
In the words of Ansel Adams: You don't take a photograph, you make it.
A successful image seduces the viewer into the visual narrative...
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