2013 is now a week old and my first post of the year will start with something from last year. I apologize for this, but, in amongst the Christmas and New Year marathon, and working hard to put together a new website (which is coming soon), I have not had too much time to sit and write a blog post.
It is not everyday that a photo of mine lands on the cover of a magazine. When it does happen it is usually on the cover of Childview, which is a magazine that World Vision puts out a couple times a year. This magazine has recently had an overhaul that makes it an impressive magazine to look at. Last year I went with World Vision to Tanzania and spent almost three weeks travelling around the country gathering photos and stories to use in future World Vision publications. At the end of a long trip it is nice to see my photos displayed and being used to illustrate a story. As a photographer, you get attached to images you take not necessarily because of it is a good photo, but because you remember the feeling of being there when the photo was taken. I will speak for myself here; when I am selecting images for a contest or for my website, sometimes I am asked “why did you choose this one?” and my only good answer is that it was a great evening with that family, or I developed a great connection with that kid, or that it was just one of those evenings with great light. Sometimes, I think my mind tells me an image is good because I can put myself tin the spot where the image was taken. The problem is that my feelings for a photo, or the people in it, do not make it a good photo – although I wish it did. I did not choose the images that accompanied this article, which is probably a good thing. I don’t know how well I would do in selecting down a whole three weeks of images into 3 pages. World Vision did a great job with this story, give it a read!
You can read a bit more about my trip to Tanzania in a previous post that you can find here.