Dark alleys

A much better photographer than me once said, “You control how you want the photo to be taken.”

It seems like such an obvious truth, a truism. But the meaning is a lot deeper than what the simple words represent. 

I’ve come to realize that the moment a photograph is taken means many things to the photographer, the least of which is a mirroring of his state of mind at the moment when the shutter is released. A happy person will see the world in a happy light, and will tend to take happy photographs. An angry person will be angry at everything, and will tend to capture anger in his viewfinder. Of course, it’s not a hard and fast rule — the very best photographers are able to engineer the emotion of the photograph, and the viewer will hardly be the wiser.

I’m not one such person. What i shoot very strongly captures my current state of mind. 


Into the breach