Looking out across the mountains from Sa Pa with shafts of light falling through the clouds.

Wonder-full Photographers

...most photographers would feel a certain embarrassment in admitting publicly that they carried within them a sense of wonder, yet without it they would not produce the work they do, whatever their particular field.

Bill Brandt (1948)

In a few decades from its birth, photography changed rapidly. It developed from a pursuit for the rich and leisured classes, to an affordable hobby, and from a medium for recording, to an art form in its own right. An artist needs a motivation that the recorder and hobbyist do not. Brandt touches on a fundamental aspect of the photographers’ motivation, for it is light that is their medium; it paints their pictures and enchants their imaginations. Little surprise that photographers may carry a sense of wonder close to their hearts, and in attempting to capture the light, they may bring us closer to a mystery we call beauty.


Looking out into the hills near Sa Pa in north-west Vietnam. The quote is from ‘Camera in London’ by Bill Brandt (1904 - 1983) published by Focal Press p.14.


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