One of our longstanding photographers,
Van Dijk, left the Nelson Mail family the other day and it got me thinking.
Marion was the consummate professional and highly skilled at her craft.
Being a photographer for her meant constantly framing everything she sees. This must be a blessing and a curse.
These days its less problematic since capturing a moment is a cellphone away.
But there was a time where you had to have a chunky camera, enough film and probably a flash unit handy. And wait days for a result. Not for the faint-hearted.
Of course anyone can take a photo and if luck runs your way, one worth framing. But a truly committed photographer isn’t relying on happy accidents.
It’s along the same lines of any hack golfer being capable of the occasional shot that would make Tiger Woods proud. I’m yet to test that theory.
Still, I remain in awe of photographers and their art. Good writing is a slow burn, but good photography is immediate and powerful.
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