First Impressions Do Count

I realised recently that two of the images which have had most influence on me as a photographer are two of the first I ever saw, and I don’t even know who took the photographs.

This simple composition of my mother at work has always fascinated me for its clarity and for its respect of the ordinary. It provides all the information we need and lets us draw our own conclusions. And for this kind of family snapshot, is remarkable for being both un-posed and spontaneous.

This image of my sister and a friend taught me the basics of  the action shot, including the importance of background and context to add interest, ask questions, and tell a story.
Rodchenko, Cartier-Bresson, Klein and McCullin and the rest came along later and overshadowed these early influences. But essentially, I am still taking the same two pictures, for better or worse.

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