Another wonderful piece by Eric Kim.
I second these words by Araki in his “Near Equal” documentary (a must see, by the way):
The photographer had been a slave of the camera for a long time. Good camera, good lens, Leica, etc. These were the masters of a photographer. But in a way, Daido Moriyama is a photographer who started to make the camera his own slave. Photography is not about the camera.
Of course we need the camera. If you want to write a romantic love letter, we need some tool to write it with. But anything– a pencil or a ball pen is fine. It is like this in photography, and he is a pioneer for that. (Araki 2001)
It’s all about passion and love.
Eric Kim has excellent piece of writing regarding great words of Henri Cartier-Bresson. I would like to repeat two of my favorite points mentioned by Eric:
a) “In order to ‘give a meaning’ to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder”
I couldn’t agree more. Without context the photo is just piece of paper. It’s necessary to be there and yet not intrude; be transparent and honest. Personal connection is everything. When that connection deepens, photo becomes stronger.
d) “One must always take photographs with the greatest respect for the subject and for oneself.”
This is exactly so. You must love the subject and yourself. More you love, more better the photo become.