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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.

Prob­a­bly why I haven’t re­ally grad­u­ated from pic­ture books. ED­I­TO­RIAL: Stu Hunt (03) 546 2877 email the­leader@nel­son­ AD­VER­TIS­ING SALES: Bron­wyn Wadding­ton (03) 546 2836 DE­LIV­ER­IES 0800 800 515 or cir­cu­la­tion@nel­son­

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