"Why do I Photograph?"
By Thorsten von Overgaard
275 pages eBook
"There are many reasons to photograph. Is there one that covers it all?"
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Released May 23, 2021.
275 page eBook for iPad,
Kindle and computer.
Table of Contents
Get out the door · The pleasure of photography
The art of omitting the banal · Walk to find the answers
Photography as a game · No smoke without a fire
Let it flow · Use what is there · It’s not always prose
Time travel · I admire light · Timing and light
Yes, I have an audience · What am I trying to do?
Learning the tool · Technical stuff
Art in everyday life · I made postcards and I liked it
What fame will do to you · Photo events
The life within · Autonomy
A good photograph · Believe in yourself
Seeing pictures · The man in the park
Why keep doing it? · Epilogue
Why do I photograph?
Thorsten Overgaard Workshops
Extension Courses · Books
Exhibitions & Talks · Meetups
Camera and Straps · Ventilated Shades
“It’s a built-in ability to create, but sometimes you have to sit really still and begin to feel hopelessly bored before it comes out into the light.
“But believe me, once you sit down somewhere and do nothing for a while, you will feel an urge to do something, and your own ideas will come out.”
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“When I think about it, I have no idea why I do it this way, it’s as automatic to me as looking for the door handle to open a door. To most of us, the things we do well, we just do, and we presume this is the way everybody does it."
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“Your style is not recognized by what is in the photographs, but how they are taken. It’s the way you talk that is your style.”
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“I often say that a good portrait session is like a conversation without words. You observe, and when something is said or done that would normally elicit an answer, as a photographer you take a photo instead. That action, as a response for what they did or how they looked, is an acceptable acknowledgement.
“We simply communicated, and in that communication the camera, after all, was not necessary. It is what people sense from me that’s important and what gives them an idea of my intentions and what I observe.
I photograph, therefore I am.”