Monday, March 3, 2008

A good read

I recently read photographer Joe McNally's book "The Moment It Clicks" and I can't recommend it highly enough. The humorous stories interspersed with valuable tidbits make it entertaining and educational. This guy seems to have shot almost everywhere and everyone you can think of. His mastery of lighting and storytelling are apparent, but his humor and self-effacing style are unexpected and what set this apart from other photography books.

I wanted to to quote Mr. McNally on what I think perfectly encapsulates the purpose and power of photography. "The sweet sound of the shutter and the explosion that occurs in your head and your heart when you make the shot. The deal is the shot, you know. You make the picture and you know something just froze solid in a shifting world. Something stabilized, for all time. You just hung your hat on a moment that otherwise would be gone forever, and now you can go back and take a look at that moment, be it amazing or ordinary, any time you want."

Just awesome.

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