David duChemin “The Heart of the Photograph” 25th Jan 2024

29 members watched an inspiring pre-recorded virtual lecture via Zoom from the Canadian photographer, David duChemin titled ‘The Heart of the Photograph’

About David: He is a world and humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, and international workshop leader whose spirit of adventure fuels his fire to create and share. Based in Vancouver, Canada, David chases compelling images on all seven continents. When on assignment, David creates powerful photographs that convey the hope and dignity of children, the vulnerable, and the oppressed for the international NGO community. When creating the art he so passionately shares, David strives to capture the beauty of the natural world.

The talk: David helped us to explore what it means to think like a photographer. To think more creatively about line and light and moments, and to more boldly explore the use of other tools as well – devices like juxtaposition, depth, visual mass, framing, mood, mystery, scale, balance, and tension.

His Book: “The Heart of the Photograph: 100 Questions for Making Stronger, More Expressive Photographs,” was first published in April 2020 and is available from Amazon.

Quotes from the book:

“It is not only what we photograph but how, and why, we photograph it that makes an image unique, authentic, or surprising.”

“It is the combination of lens choice and physical position that has the most potential creative power over the lines in the final picture.”

“Mastery of craft is necessary but insufficient; it does not necessarily create a good photograph.”

“It is tempting to think in terms of good and bad light, but that is a distinction I urge you not to make.”

“Isolate the subject and get as close as you need to give that subject its full impact.”

“If you want your viewer to pay attention to something, an increase in any kind of contrast will pull their eye to that area.”

David’s Websites:

The Heart of the Photograph

David duChemin – Photographer, author, and adventurer.

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