Once a upon a time there was a Manifesto of a Picture Maker
- Photographers are picture makers. Picture makers are story tellers.
- Take your time, observe and record.
- A picture needs to speak to the observer, capture the emotional.
- The world is your canvas. Start with your little corner of the world first.
- There should always be a fire inside of you and if it goes dim change what you are doing.
- Explore the unknown to keep the fire alive.
- The camera is not only your eyes, it is the paint and the picture is your voice.
- Rules are like tools, and tools can be broken. But if you break them without reason or thought, then you are best to throw them out.
- You can never stage a missed event; it would be a lie if you did.
- A picture lacking technical skill is like ironing starch on your flannelette pj’s.
- A picture that is too technically correct is also like ironing starch on your flannelette pj’s.
- You may only have one shot at it, paint it carefully in your mind and perform with your eyes through the camera.
- Treat every moment like you are getting paid. Be professional, but have fun too.
- Perform like you are getting paid top dollar even if you are not, dream a little, and pretend you are on a top model set.
- There may not always be a happy ending, not everyone will get your story. Don’t let this discourage you, only you can create a happy ending for yourself! Believe in yourself!
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