As a professional photographer. Wait, I hate that term “professional photographer” It’s a terrible thing to say. That term seems really derogatory to photographers who do not earn money through their art. The fact I earn money from my photography does not make me a better photographer than those who don’t. A brief browse of Flickr and I’m usually astounded by Bill the bankers weekend trip to Bognor’s landscapes.
I always try to carry a camera with me. One of my old tutors used to say “Never be without a camera, you never know when the Aliens might land” He also used to say, when people asked which camera is the best, “The one you have in your hand all the time” In fact one of the best photos I have ever seen, was taken with a $50 camera. (I’m searching)
As a young photography student in NY, I wanted to be the next Cartier-Bresson or Robert Capa (yes of Magnum, we all need to dream BIG) Of course when you grow up things become more clear. Anyway, street photography was what I always loved. Walking with a camera and hunting the shot with the X or WOW factor. “The Hero” shot is a term many of the magazines I now shoot for use
Anyway, what I want to show in this blog, is the photos that I have made without a commission or any financial gain. However they are often the most rewarding images I make. I always ask permission. Whether it’s in a language I hardly know or just showing the camera and a thumbs up or down and the permission given is just a nod.
The one thing ALL these photographs have in common is that none were directed. I pointed the camera and the subjects did whatever they wanted to.
I hope you enjoy the images. Please remember, they are all © Copyrighted. Any use must be pre agreed with Matt Wilson