Photograph What You Love
the first book I ever wrote was called Double Vision is based on the premise. If you put two photographers in the same place at the same time, they'll take two completely different pictures. Working with a colleague, we talk 50 different subjects and each photograph them in our own way. One of the subjects with cliffs, the project was almost complete. We were running against deadline, but holding everything up with my image of a cliff. However hard I tried, I couldn't get a single photograph. I felt happy with what was even more ridiculous was at the time. I live close to here. The Jurassic Coast, which, let's face it, is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in England. I was thinking about the irony of this when it struck me. The reason I couldn't get a suitable image of a cliff was I don't like cliffs. I see cliffs is a barrier to inland and sea. To me, they're a block, a obstacle, a great big monstrosity standing to in the beauty of the earth in the ocean. And once I got...
my head around that fact, I went out and shot What for me was the perfect image of a cliff. Now, unlike my colleague, who likes cliffs, my images full of dark shadows, contrast spikes and jagged edges visual elements we associate with disharmony and negative emotion, but in which I found beauty. You have to love what you photograph, even if that love manifest from negativity. Beauty is not found in the subject like a Shakespeare play. Beauty is what you create after tragedy, disharmony, chaos or emotion in love and hate. You find passion and passion is what drives us. There's no passion in indifference. There's no passion in conformity. You have a fine passion verbally sitting on a fence. If you have nothing impassioned to say about a subject, don't photograph it, find something you love or hate and photograph that instead.