31 Jul The Grateful act of photographing?
In my experience so far as a documentary photographer the degree to which I am grateful and maybe even joyful when photographing is very much the inverse proportion to the success of images that make themselves into my field of view and available to me when documenting pictures. An appreciation of this is helpful as to not forcing the decisive moment and to allow and accept the process in a way that not only reflects your state of being fulfilled but also an understanding of the scene is already part of your collection. As you look through and past your camera you almost become the scene, and a bit like a monk leaves his slippers at the door when he goes to pray, the body is very much left behind when focusing on the scene framed in the view finder. This was the way Picasso explained how he turned up at his studio, he would leave his body behind and slip into a zone of creativity. I would go so far as to say that what feeling and sentiments you decide to let out of yourself in this life is also directly proportionate as to what you will receive back, it seems to be somehow related to the balance of nature itself of which we are all intrinsically linked. This balance of nature is helpful as a guide in the making of the work, and the satisfaction related to the fine art photography we present to you here.
The feature image was taken in Paris last year on a week long trip. https://patrickdonald.com/product/pont-au-change-framed-paris-photograph/