Existing Member?

The original world nomad "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius.

On being a Photographer

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Views [13176]

In conversation last week:


"With all due respect, I know you've been a photographer for a long time, but pretty much anyone can pick up a camera today and take a good photo."




You see I'm not a photographer. I love taking photographs and have been doing so since I was about 9 years old so that's for 40 years.


I love seeing the work of great photographers like Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Don McCullin, Sebastião Salgado or Annie Leibovitz. (There are, of course, many more.)


I love learning about light, composition, and the essence of what connects people emotionally to what they see. You can even see some of my work over here on Flickr. It's OK. Some of it is occassionally quite good. This is a particular favourite of mine.


But I'm no photographer.


What makes a great photograph or a great photographer? Well, great photographers all understand the nature of light unlike us mere mortals and they could all take a better picture than us with a damn cardboard pinhole camera than the latest whiz-bang auto-focus full-frame über megapixel gadget.


So put your digital camera away for a day and read On Being a Photographer instead. It's a series of conversations about the subject by David Hurn (Magnum) and Bill Jay.



Every year at World Nomads we run the Travel Photography Scholarship and being able to combine two things I love into a program that creates such a fantastic  opportunity for people is rewarding. As with David Hurn, Jason Edwards our National Geographic Photographer who you get to go on assignment with, knows a thing or two about telling a story through a sequence of images, which is why we run the Scholarship that way.


It's surprisingly hard but has nothing at all to do with what camera you are holding.



Interesting Resources:





Tags: people, photographer, photography, travel

Add your comments

(If you have a travel question, get your Answers here)

In order to avoid spam on these blogs, please enter the code you see in the image. Comments identified as spam will be deleted.

About simon_monk

Simon on Sydney Harbour

Follow Me

Where I've been


Photo Galleries


Near Misses

My trip journals

See all my tags 



Travel Answers about Australia

Do you have a travel question? Ask other World Nomads.