PH Blog: why stills photography still matters
You might be surprised to hear that, as a video man, Harris is advocating the old-fashioned still image...
At this point Garlick will berate me for my shoddy iPhone images.
I have always loved being involved with taking great still images. There's an unparalleled professional synergy at work, and when you get it right - a particular piece of driving, on a rigorously researched location, captured with optimum use of light - it is the most rewarding part of the job for me.
The lead shot was the Nurburgring in 2004. Great weather with a friend driving my then long-term Clio V6 and, one of the very best auto snappers in the business, Mark Bramley hanging from the passenger window. It's the perfect action photograph: vivid, fast, intense. You can see the hand on the wheel - it makes you want to be there, in that car.
Sometimes, of course, it just happens with no warning. No set-up, just a moment of instinct and a result you can't believe. This is equally enjoyable.
Now everything's digital there's instant gratification too, but it wasn't that long ago we used to wait for strips to come back from the processing lab and leg it over to the light-box to see the results of derring-do. And the occasional shunt.
However much I enjoy the added drama of seeing a car moving, often sliding in full HD video, there is something about a great still image that I find more powerful - just as a great novel always defeats the most intense film experience.
Why all this photo talk? This video on the Drive channel I produce content for went live a few days back. It's a deliberately indulgent piece about going out and taking great photographs. It just reminded me how much I enjoy the process.
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