A good professional photographer has to be an amateur photographer at heart. The origin of the word is “amator”, which means lover. ]So the amateur to me is the passionate one, the lover of the art who does not do it not for business. The pro should have that same love and passion, and happen to do it for work as well.
I love taking photographs, because it enables me to connect with the world on a deeper level.
When I take a picture, I connect with my world three times. The first connection happens when I compose and shoot the photograph. The second connection happens when I critically review the picture to see what I shot. The third connection happens when I use that picture in a project.
This triple connection burns the picture into my consciousness, and each time I review it I notice things that I didn't see the first or second time around. I see my world in a different way.
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