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MUSIC AS A METAPHOR
I’ve worked with a lot of really great singers, who have some really bad bands. Conversely some really bad singers, that have really great bands. The singer is the subject, the orchestra is the back ground. When they both work as one it sounds really good. When you have a good subject and good light is when great things happen.
LEFT BRAIN VS. RIGHT BRAIN
We all have left brains and right brains. When I have a workshop and I have eight engineers I know that it’s going to take me a day to just get those guys creative.
When I have artists, I know they need to be a little more analytical. Being able to use both sides at the same time is extremely important. I always tell folks that they need to know how their camera works, inherently whether to compensate, what to do here, what to do there, so that the creative process can flow. That’s where I’ve seen people needing the most help, is seeing images and being creative.
WHEN I DRIVE TO THE STORE, I SEE PHOTOGRAPHS
I think you can learn to see a photograph; I think you can develop your own vision. It’s not going to happen overnight—it might be tomorrow, might be a year from now, but you'll figure it out, and you can learn to see. You have to appreciate some of the nuances.
I was in Iceland last summer, and we were walking through some of the Icelandic horses. They came up to me like trained, well-behaved dogs. They began to run toward me, and I totally forgot that I had a wide-angle lens on, I think it was about 35mm. I just started shooting these guys. When I took a few frames, I put the camera down and they were about ten feet away. My heart was going, and I was hoping I got a good shot. I did get a decent shot, and it was the most exciting moment of the year.
There are three things I stress on my workshops. One is slowing down. The other is slowing down. And the other one is slowing down.
I really enjoy the experience of being out, if I get some photographs, so be it. But, ya know, the hunt is more fun than the kill.
I love being with groups of people and communicating, and giving back a little bit, I’m just very fortunate to live this life.
For more of Jack's work, see www.jackgrahamphoto.com.
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