The sheer miracle of childhood is something few can deny. The intrinsic innocence, honesty, spontaneity,and whimsy of children have been the subjects of prose, poetry, and paintings throughout the history of man. Since the intro-duction of the art and craft of photography, the depiction of children has been a popular and passionate quest.
What a thrill it is to have such a long and fun-filled career as a photo-grapher of children. It has always been my desire to share the passion and the craft with those who feel the same stirrings of attraction to this field. I know that some are put off or discouraged by the threat of the supposed technical challenge of photography and equipment.
It truly makes me sad to think of the unexpressed vision of those who hold back due to that fear or intimidation. I believe this challenge is manufactured; the flames of fear continue to be fanned by some manufacturers of camera equipment, authors of books, and teachers of photography.
Don’t get me wrong; there is a place for understanding how to better execute fine photographs technically,but your vision, passion, and personal tastes have a deeply profound effect on what you produce. It excites me to think that I can be any part of encouraging you to follow your bliss, your heart, and your passion for photographing children. That has always been my point of view whether teaching,mentoring, or producing children’s photographs.
Even when working in the darkroom, I was interested in keeping the process more of a mystery and a magical experience. To see an image rise up out of the paper submerged in water is still a miracle to me! I continue to feel that magic when I peer through a lens and even when I work on an image in Photoshop. I want to know less about why things happen and more about making my images sing.
Those who are primarily looking for scientific definitions and formulae for sharp and perfect images might look elsewhere. Books abound with such information. I hope that in this book you find inspiration and encouragement to follow any urges you have had to make photographs that capture the spirit of a child.
May 17, 2011
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