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Why is there a picture of water on the homepage?

Updated: Dec 15, 2018

I've been asked why there is water on the top of the homepage:

There is a simple reason. I like the idea that water will fit into whatever situation it's in. It is able to easily change shape depending on where it is.

I think photographers can be similar. I think photographers ought to be versatile. We should be able to adapt to whatever situation we are in. Whether it's noon or golden hour, sunny or cloudy, cramped or open, lots of shade or middle of a grassy field - we should be able to create beautiful portraits.

I think the strength of photographer versatility is underrated. Most photographers can create portraits in controlled conditions; but it's when the situation is unexpected or not ideal that the real talented photographers shine. I've worked hard to be versatile - to make the most out of any situation. The ability to be versatile gives you confidence.

One other comparison to water is when it's still, it has potential - when it's moving, it has power. I think the same is true for photographers. Those who are sitting on their talent have potential, but aren't affecting anything else. If you're moving forward as a photographer, you've got the power to affect others you photograph.

That's why there's a picture of water on my homepage. I want to be like water. I want you to be too.


Update: Kenny sent me this quote from Bruce Lee:

"Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."

I'm just like Bruce Lee!

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