My Photographic Manifesto

It’s now week five of the first module of the MA in Photography course I’m taking. We were asked to “Write a brief statement, or ‘manifesto’ that defines your purpose as a photographer.” in a maximum of 150 words. This is how I responded:

My Photographic Manifesto:

As a collector of light, I understand there is no bad light, only bad moments to take photos. I will not subject any person, place or thing to being photographed in anything less than the best possible light. At times when the natural light does not meet my expectations, I will try to find or create the best possible light for the person, place or thing that I am photographing. Without light, I cannot be a photographer.

As a photographer, I am responsible for everything that is included in the picture’s frame. The only other photographer I will compare myself to is the photographer I was yesterday. The business of photography is not a zero-sum game; it is incumbent upon myself to find the best possible work that best fits my abilities. Competition is good and raises the bar for all of us making us better photographers.

If you were asked to do the same, how would you respond?


Sunrise at Fish Tail Mountain, Annapurna region of Nepal.

Sunrise at Fish Tail Mountain, Annapurna region of Nepal.

A lot has changed since the last time I wrote a post here. We are now living in the UK, and I have started my Master of Art in Photography. The move was an adventure that anyone who has ever moved more than a few hours drive away much less overseas, can understand. We have settled in nicely so I won’t go into too much about that. The new adventure I have started is what I want to talk about, the MA in Photography.

Getting a Master’s Degree has been something I have been thinking about for quite some time. I hadn’t given it much thought until an email came from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). It said the Falmouth University has an MA Photography program and if I was interested, as an RPS member I would receive a discount if I took the course. I think the universe and photography were giving me a gentle nudge, letting me know that maybe it was time to get a Master’s Degree. Well, without going into a lot of details about applying, I’ll just say that I got in and the course started Monday, 4 June.

One of the requirements of the course is to post regularly to a blog as part of a Critical Research Journal (CRJ). Over the next two years, you will see posts about my MA work and some of my thinking behind it. If you have ever wondered what it would be like going back to school parttime, you will get a glimpse here. I’m looking forward to the next two years, and I hope you will join me on this new adventure so let’s jump right in!

Rock The River FXBG!


Rock The River FXBG 2017 will be the biggest and best RTRFXBG yet! On Saturday, June 3rd I’ll be there at the Create Photographics booth giving lighting demonstrations throughout the day. I’ll also have a limited number of prints available for purchase. Make your plans to visit Rock The River today. For more info visit Rock The River FXBG. I hope to see you there!

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