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The Photographer's Mail - - Editorial - Lara Wy­att

It’s been nearly a year and a half since I took over the role of edi­tor of

The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Mail, and it was a ma­jor high­light very early on in my ca­reer jour­ney. It was in­cred­i­bly daunt­ing go­ing in with very lit­tle pho­tog­ra­phy knowl­edge, and in­ter­view­ing suc­cess­ful pho­tog­ra­phers about what they were work­ing on, and what they were shoot­ing with, but, if I ever asked a ridicu­lously stupid ques­tion, no­body ever pointed it out — every­one I have worked with has been very re­cep­tive to dis­cussing their work with The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Mail, and, ul­ti­mately, shar­ing it with those within the pro­fes­sional photographic com­mu­nity. And it’s made my time at the helm very en­joy­able and re­ward­ing. I’ve come away from ev­ery in­ter­view in­spired and mo­ti­vated to work even harder for the mag­a­zine — even when I’ve been deal­ing with words, while those I’ve in­ter­viewed have been deal­ing with images, there have al­ways been pearls of wis­dom that have been shared with me that I’ve man­aged to find a way to ap­ply to what­ever I’ve been work­ing on. The pos­i­tiv­ity and ex­cite­ment within the photographic world are things to be reck­oned with, that’s for sure.

Although I still haven’t picked up a cam­era my­self, apart from my trusty phone, I do find my­self rec­og­niz­ing peo­ple’s works in gal­leries, on billboards, and in store win­dows, and I still get pangs of ex­cite­ment when I re­call — to who­ever is with me at the time — that I in­ter­viewed the pho­tog­ra­pher who cre­ated the beau­ti­ful images we are ad­mir­ing. I don’t think that will ever get old, and I’ll prob­a­bly con­tinue to point out work by those I’ve met and talked to to my fu­ture kids and grand­kids — yes, you’ve all had that much of an im­pact on me!

And with that, I’d like to pass the reins over to Re­becca Frog­ley, who will be man­ag­ing the day-to-day

The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Mail du­ties, bring­ing you all the lat­est news and in­for­ma­tion within the pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy com­mu­nity. If you have any up­dates for her or want her to know what you’ve been work­ing on, whether it’s a per­sonal project or an as­signed project, fire it through to edi­tor@pho­tog­ra­phers­mail.co.nz. How­ever, I won’t be all that far away — I’ll still be in the wings as the man­ag­ing edi­tor of The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Mail, so I’ll still get to see all the amaz­ing work you’re all do­ing.

Fi­nally, thank you to every­one I have in­ter­viewed, bounced ideas off, and en­listed to con­trib­ute to our mag­a­zine, as well as to every­one who’s given me handy tips and tricks along the way — I can’t wait to see what you all do next!

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