Do you have style?

Style: method, approach, way, manner, fashion, technique, mode.

In photography — as in writing — style is the clarity of thought and idea. Great photos, like excellent writing, are  a result of clear thinking.

To quote Ansel Adams:

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”

In shooting a photograph, there is always the problem of how to shape a narrative. Some photographers capture reality, and impose their own thoughts and spirit in it. Others approach reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.

Although the search for new ways of telling a story through photographs goes on — I believe there will never be new discoveries. For one thing, photography for me is not science. There is no new formula. Some of us take better pictures than others; and genius is never forced.

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”

Perspective. That’s what shapes a photograph.

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About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

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