Talk about two fun people to be around. That’s Ron and Lizzy. Ron and Lizzy are both very special people. While they may have some life challenges with intellectual and physical disabilities, they are not letting life pass them by.
When I photographed them this past weekend, I continued to be driven by these two quotes:
“It is important to click with people than to click the shutter.” — Alfred Eisenstaedt
“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” — Edward Steichen
In the studio, the three of us were having so much fun. Laughs, funny faces, pauses, and simple joy.
“And that desire – the strong desire to take pictures – is important. It borders on a need, based on a habit: the habit of seeing. Whether working or not, photographers are looking, seeing, and thinking about what they see, a habit that is both a pleasure and a problem, for we seldom capture in a single photograph the full expression of what we see and feel. It is the hope that we might express ourselves fully – and the evidence that other photographers have done so – that keep us taking pictures.” – Sam Abell
“A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes.” – Sam Abell
“It matters little how much equipment we use; it matters much that we be masters of all we do use.” – Sam Abell
“One of the things that I most believe in is the compose and wait philosophy of photography. It’s a very satisfying, almost spiritual way to photograph. Life isn’t’ knocking you around, life isn’t controlling you. You have picked your place, you’ve picked your scene, you’ve picked your light, you’ve done all the decision making and you are waiting for the moment to come to you….” – Sam Abell
Photograph by Sam Abell.
This photograph changed everything for me.
Feel the presence.
Note the simplicity.
See the composition.
Experience the story.
Photography is nothing–it’s life that interests me. – Henri Cartier Bresson
We must avoid, however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole. – Henri Cartier Bresson