Today I bring you an inspiring conversation with my friend David duChemin, in which we talk in depth about many of the concepts explored in his latest book, The Soul of the Camera: The Photographer’s Place in Picture-Making.
We didn’t script the conversation, so there isn’t a manuscript to share with you today. What I did, was select a number of quotes from the book, and we used those as a starting point for a number of deeper dives, so here are the quotes that I took from The Soul of the Camera, some of which were edited slightly to make them a little shorter:
Page 1 – Photography is not (at least the way I understand the medium) a technical pursuit. It is an aesthetic pursuit achieved by technical means.
Page 36 – Yes, it’s true: everything has been photographed. But unless all we want to do is say, “Here’s what this looks like,” rather than the much more subjective and personal, “Here’s how I see it, here’s what it feels like,” we can do better.
Page 59 – Patience matters because of the iterative way our creativity works, the way inspiration and ideas always seem to come after false starts and detours. It is our ability to pursue those false starts and not fall into despair the moment we realize we’re further from our best ideas that makes sure those detours become just the longer, scenic route to wherever it is we’re going, instead of a dead end.
Page 175 – The biblical story of the creation of humanity has the Creator making man from clay and then breathing His own life into him… I find that symbolism striking and relevant. If our work is to be human, it’s our task as its creator to breath life into it. Inspiration (literally “to inhale”) is everything we do to draw our deepest breath from the world around us …… But it’s the act of exhaling into our work that makes it ours, that gives life and spark to what we make.
Page 193 – You quote John Wesley saying “Light yourself on fire with passion, and people will come from miles to watch you burn.”
I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did. It’s always a pleasure to talk with David.
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Here too are a few photographs from The Soul of the Camera.
The Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2018
Before we finish, I’d like to quickly mention that I have started taking bookings for our 2018 Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop. This is an epic 17-day tour, on which we photograph the beautiful landscape and culture, as well as the wildlife of this beautiful country. For details and to book your place, please see the tour page at https://mbp.ac/namibia
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