Light and time

‘Favourite’ is a word I use a lot. There is so much I enjoy in the natural world and amongst the fruits of human culture, that I find myself talking about favourite beaches, parks, bush walks, books, music, foods, museums, artists … the list goes on.

What I’ve come to realise is that communicating my enjoyment is a pleasure in itself — a favourite thing in fact.

For most of my life, communicating has meant writing, and I still take great care to craft words that will resonate with and spark a response in readers. But increasingly, my words are supplemented (and sometimes replaced) by images.

So on this day (if you ask me tomorrow I might have a different view), my favourite thing is photography. The photographer Elliot Erwitt conveys the feeling well:

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. — Elliott Erwitt

The title of this post comes from the wonderful art critic and painter, John Berger

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time. – John Berger

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25 thoughts on “Light and time

  1. Perfect! Love the quote by Elliott. It is definitely the way a person sees something in the ordinary that makes a photographer different to someone who just takes ‘snaps’. I still take far too many photos, but I also look more before I do.

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  2. Both excellent quotes that i haven’t heard before and that perfectly echo thoughts and feelings towards this beautiful and form too. And that photo is just awesome! I really should get myself a tripod as well. 😊

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    • Berger was brilliant. I used to show episodes of Ways of Seeing ( to my students when I was tutoring Stage One sociology classes.
      Tripods really are worthwhile. I have an old one I bought in a junk shop, and it’s been great for figuring out how I want to use it. The adjustments are getting a bit loose now, and I’m worried about its stability, so I’m working myself up to buying a new one … big investment :-/

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      • Going to have a look at Ways of Seeing – sounds intriguing!
        I’ve heard that good tripods can be quite pricey but if it lasts longer than it would be worth it in my mind. I haven’t done any long exposure shots yet so didn’t need one but with a heavy camera like yours it makes absolute sense anyway.

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        • I use mine mostly for food shots because I don’t have studio lights and tend to set things up in my kitchen. The tripod compensates for poor lighting by letting me shoot longer exposures. I’d like to do some night photography sometime too.

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