Inside a Photographer’s Notebook #3 - Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker | Beijing, China

Inside a Photographer’s Notebook #3

Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in on assignment | One Comment
Inside a Photographer's Notebook

Inside a Photographer's Notebook | Images (c) Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos

<<Return to the Learning Zone I haven’t done one of these posts for a while, so thought it was about time I shared another page from my notebook. If you haven’t seen the previous posts on this, you can head here and here to see them. The concept is simple. When I was beginning in photography I compiled a notebook of pictures, phrases, poems, sayings etc. that inspired me. I did so that when I was out shooting and I maybe had a down moment, or was lacking inspiration, I could turn to it to help me get going again.

The above page are pictures by the legendary Magnum and National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. I chose them because for me they represented the exoticism of the places he photographs and I wanted to be reminded of the dynamics of a photo that you could create using objects within a frame (see pic on left) and the power of a simple, well-lit portrait (see pic on right).

At the time, I believe I was reading a book by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. I was completely captured by how he wrote about life and losing love in Japan. One small haiku that stuck with me was the following:

“furin ya, koenaki kaze wa, uta wa seru”

The translation, although not literal I believe, was interpreted as:

“alone, the wind has no voice, but when it moves through the wind chimes, it sings”

For me at that time, the photographer became the wind and the camera the wind chimes. I liked that idea very much and wanted to remember it.

1 Comment

  1. G.G.
    January 22, 2010

    Very inspirational! I sometimes think we get wrapped up in the mechanics of life and forget the sprituality that is in each of us that can be a great source of power and ideas.


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