It’s been said that we’re surrounded by images, and we are. When it comes to photography, the trick is to see the image and then capture it with a camera. I like to describe the process inside my head when I hunt down photos as “switching on.”
When I’m out and about without a camera, I avoid the anguish of not being able to record the perfect, serendipitous shot in front of me by “switching off,” and willfully trying not to see. However, once the shutterbug has bitten, “switching off” is futile. Photographer Walter De Mulder summed it up best: “Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer.”
As photographers we’re doomed to being forever on the prowl for that magic shot. We’re always seeing something. Because we’re also never seeing nothing, we can’t ignore what we see -- or our desperate need to record it.
Our cameras hang by straps from our necks like nooses. Our salvation rests in never seeing nothing. That’s what it means to be a photographer. That’s why I had to shoot the photographs in this book.