I am what I shoot
British fashion photographer, Tim Walker has been known to have said, “Only photograph what you love.” If that be the case, then I am truly living the dream, because I love family. I believe that the business of documenting family life is a fascinatingly privileged one. Capturing the highs, the lows, the good days and the bad, the celebrations and the mundane are all relevant in this field of photography. It captures raw life and for that it is life giving, not only to me and my family but to the families I capture too. It is photography shot with and from the heart and exposes a reality and vulnerablity that can only be described as beauteous. Photography can be experienced as a mechanical and technically driven activity, whereby the physicality of interacting with the various dials and buttons of a camera and knowing how these affect a photograph, dictates what the end product will be. Whilst this is true it is only half the story and if anything, the least important part. In essence, photography is an art form and is fuelled with a desire of seeing the world, alongside communicating about it to others, in an aesthetically rich and meaningful way. It is emotively driven. Warm and satisfying rather than automated and cold. In addition, my understanding of photography relies on a vision and intent before executing the shutter release and to me these words mean celebrating and memorialising what family means. Relationships are a most significant facet in this belief and is demonstrated in no better way than between the subject and the myself. Interaction, knowledge, understanding, trust with a pinch of humour thrown in for good measure makes my photography what it is. I am what I shoot, a father, husband, son and friend and what finer credentials would a photographer need to succeed in making photographs in this way? Experience intertwined with diligence has honed my skills to add my own signature and feel to my work but dedication is what continues to move me to understand that my best shot is always the next shot away.
“It’s more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”