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Friday, 21 May 2021


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Knowing and accepting what you do best is very hard. Perhaps just as hard is accepting that even if you find what you can do you may only be able to do good things one time in one thousand, or ten thousand. But that if you can do that, it is enough. Did Martha and the Muffins ever get anywhere near 'Echo Beach' again? Is like asking whether Einstein ever got anywhere near General Relativity again: did he need to? Once is good enough.

(I am not fair on Einstein: GR may have been his last great achievement but there were others before. And GR is just so great an achievement: greater even than 'Echo Beach'. Probably.)

[Great to find another of the elusive M&tM fans! I love that song. My friend Kim used to say that the guitar solo on "Women Around the World at Work" was "33 seconds of perfection." The segue from the sax is inimitable too. One of the quintessential underrated bands. Although maybe not as underrated as Fanny Hill. --Mike]

Worse than not knowing what you're good at is knowing what you do best, but not liking doing it and wanting to do something that you know you aren't as good at or even unsuited to doing.

Then please buy David Hurns book 'On being a photographer' which spends more time on selecting good shoes than on cameras. I consider it an essential read for any photographer. Thanks for the link, Mark

What about the Sigma 17-70 f 2.8? Wouldn't yyou rather have that than the Sony 16-55?

I would also recommend David Hurn's Instagram feed, for both the great photos, and his nice descriptions and thoughts in the sidebar, as in this one: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMMu0Sujz2J/

He talks about how the picture that changed his life made him cry. Later on in the interview he talks about his favorite photo of his dad cheerily waving goodbye before he died. Then I saw the picture - and it made me cry.

The photograph of his father. THAT photograph. Hit me like an anvil.

Along with the clear text of someone who is so immersed and versed in their work, they can convey what's important without seeming effort.

Great choice to share Mike. Thank you.

Yep, what Jon Maxim said, above.
Thanks for this Mike - a beautiful interview.

I printed a zine recently and sent it to various friends and family. My sister-in-law wrote back a few weeks ago and said, among other things, “I couldn’t figure out what you were trying to capture in some of the photos". I had been pondering that comment, with no idea how to really answer it. I've been shooting for 45 years and I often can't tell people what I'm trying to do until just now, reading that interview. His descriptions are so clear and sensible! Thanks for posting! Now I really should go out and get that book by him and Bill Jay that you have been recommending to me (as one of your readers) for the past dozen years.

Thanks for sharing this, Mike. Excellent in all ways.

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