Here is a little excerpt from one of my favorite books out there on photography. Highly recommend to young and old photographers out there.

’Welcome to Oz’ Author Vincent Versace

The End of the Beginning
A picture is a poem without words.

Before you ever press the shutter, there must be something
that moves you to do so. If you are not moved, you will not
move others. Do not try to make a memorable image out of
a capture made casually, even if it was a happy accident. Do
not simply take a picture. Let the picture take you. Let the
experience that is happening in front of your camera, pull you
through the lens and not the other way around.
If you have read all that has preceded this, you know that
a still camera’s limitations are also its power. John Paul Caponigro
has said, “The camera is what I use to hold the world
still.” And this isn’t “hold” in the sense of tying something
down. That is too often the case with people who feel that all
photographs must be posed and the subject must stay completely
still. “Sit, move your head to left… No, too much, okay,
hold that. Place your hand under your chin… Stop… Hold that,
don’t move.” Shooting that way produces images so devoid of
life and time that they are eminently forgettable.
You should want to create images that feel as if they are
about to move or were caught as if they were already in
motion; as if the moment of capture is like a breath held
expectant, waiting to exhale and breathe the next moment.
I will say it one more time: A still photograph is called a still
photograph because the picture does not move, not because
the objects in the picture are not in motion. You can capture
motion with stillness and, in that moment, hold time still, but
yet experience the feel of its passing.
Make images that move the viewer the same way you were
moved. Make images that communicate the fullness of your
life, and your images will be just that: full of life.


About Farah Mahbub

Farah Mahbub was born and brought up in Karachi. She attained her bachelor’s degree in fine art, literature and psychology. Being primarily self-taught, she has been working as a professional photographer since 1988. Her photographic journey has taken its course through exploration of various genres, ranging from fine art, commercial, architectural and landscape photography. However for her, personal self-expression is best conveyed through fine art photography, which she continues to explore and dedicate her abilities to. Working formerly in analogue, her present work now is primarily in the digital format. As a practicing artist, Farah’s work has been exhibited in both local and international exhibitions including the 11th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh and the Mohatta Palace Museum in Pakistan. Her work has also been published in multiple books most notably Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millenium. Farah joined the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 1997 as a faculty member, where she has been ever since. Under her tenure, photography has evolved from a single class into an undergraduate minor spanning the Communication Design and Fine Art and Interior Design departments. Farah recently had her fifth solo show "Baraka Silsila-e-Nisbat" with an accompanying monograph. View all posts by Farah Mahbub

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