About the Ebook
This book is very much a reflection of thought over time, revealing conclusions made by an artist who has reached maturity of thought, honed powers of expression and achieved genuine self awareness.
These letters address questions put to him by photographers about their own photographic journey, all essentially asking how does a creative person discern their own place along the path from beginner to mastery?
Each letter addresses a specific question, and the nine letters, a few of which have never been made publicly available until now, attempt to provide a way for readers to measure their own progress on the road.
“Somewhere, somehow, along the way,” Bridge writes, “and for any manner of reasons, people began to ask my advice. I realised very early that it was a dangerous thing. I opted to try and be the best salve I could.”
Tony brings 35 years of experience as a master photographer, artist and photo-educator to a book full of wisdom, insight and spirituality, one which will appeal to photographers at all levels; amateur, professional and fine art, and in fact, any photographer seeking to speak with their own voice.
I have been in love with my country all my life. I have been in love with words, in crafting and dancing with them, and I have been in love with making pictures of the world as my heart sees it. The mystic in me finds joy in exploring beyond the obvious, beyond the labels attached to everything before me, and documenting what appears to me. I love to hear the whisper of the water in the night, moving back and forth outside my door, and the songs carried down the wind from far away. I love to step outside and catch these songs from far away, then weave them into a korowai (cloak) of words and pictures. My mother gave me the gift of words, while my father gifted me seeing and a love for the natural world. My journey has taken me into a place of wanting to express and to share.