29 March, 2013

There, I've said it.

Brisbane River

I'm not a team player.

There, I've said it. It’s not that I don’t get along with other people. But if I have a choice between a group or an individual effort, I usually choose the individual.

I suppose that’s one of the reasons why I like not taking commissions. There’s only one finger on that shutter release. There’s no committee to decide what should be in or out the frame. No consensus is required about what’s interesting.

No, I don't always want to see things from someone else’s perspective. I'm flat out trying to see things from my own.

I have no message to deliver, nothing to prove;
you see and feel,and it’s the surprised eye that decides.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

17 March, 2013

Vertical thinking

It's easy to say that I don't want to think in the same way today, that I thought yesterday. But thinking differently, it turns out, is damned hard work.

My only recent progress has been to try to see the vertical — rather than just the horizontal. And I don't mean "portrait" rather than "landscape." (Those are just the boxes that things go into. Cropping.)

Oh, yes, Happy St Patrick's Day.