Father's Day

Sydney April 2012 – March 2016 (9 photos)

Father’s Day.

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

… Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist. He is widely recognised as being one of the greatest landscape photographers, and greatest photographers, ever known.

The rush hour

The morning rush hour.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

“It’s about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and organising them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.”

… Elliott Erwitt (1928 – ) is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings. His street photography is known for it’s heart-warming charm.

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You and me against the world.

“The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.”

“I think that emotional content is an image’s most important element, regardless of the photographic technique. Much of the work I see these days lacks the emotional impact to draw a reaction from viewers, or remain in their hearts.”

… Anne Geddes (1956 – ) is an Australian-born photographer. Geddes is known for her distinctive, stylised photographs of babies, which often incorporate floral imagery.

Please don't let me be misunderstood

Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”

… Diane Arbus (1923 – 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for photographs of marginalized people and others whose normality was perceived by the general populace as ugly or surreal.


Here are a few new photos- at least they’re new if you don’t follow my instagram account @lignumdraco – and some old ones, based around some quotes from photographers whose work I respect and admire.


Standing out from the crowd

How to stand out from the crowd.

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”

… Dorothea Lange (1895 – 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration. Lange’s photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.

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Just walk on by.

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

… Donald McCullin, (1935 – ) is a British photojournalist, particularly recognized for his war photography and images of urban strife. His career has specialised in examining the underside of society, and his photographs have depicted the unemployed, downtrodden and the impoverished.

the body beautiful 4

The body beautiful.

“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”

… Edward Henry Weston (1886 – 1958) has been called “one of the most innovative and influential American photographers…” and “one of the masters of 20th century photography.” It is said that he developed a “quintessentially American, and specially Californian, approach to modern photography” because of his focus on the people and places of the American West.

I love my team

I love my team.

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”

“The pictures are there, and you just take them.”

… Robert Capa (born Endre Friedmann; 1913 – 1954) was a Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist. He covered five wars: the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II across Europe, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the First Indochina War. He documented the course of World War II in London, North Africa, Italy, the Battle of Normandy on Omaha Beach and the liberation of Paris.

I love the smell of coffee in the morning

I love the smell of coffee in the morning.

“The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.”

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second of the significance of an event.”

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

… Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004) was a French humanist photographer considered the master of candid photography. He helped develop street photography and his work has influenced many photographers. Cartier-Bresson is widely regarded as one of the greatest photographers of all time. He is known as the father of photojournalism, and coined the term ‘The Decisive Moment’.


I think it’s important to have photographers you admire. It motivates you to do better, to try and get that photo – one that if they had seen, they would have been proud to call their own. It’s a raison d’etre.

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Candid Photography is like a box of chocolates #6


77 thoughts on “Candid Photography is like a box of chocolates #6

  1. Lovely post about photographers who are good at what they do, and most importantly the passion that they have for their work. Really like Donald McCullin’s quote on feeling – when we feel a scene, that’s when we can tell a story.

    You and me against the world and body beautiful are the two standout photos for me in this set 🙂

    • There’s a certain level of safety and confidence in a familiar environment. Even so, the scene changes daily and there’s always a great shot to be found by going back to the same place.

  2. Perfect post for this challenge! It was a good reminder this morning of all the reasons I was drawn to photography in college and have continued to take pictures for the rest of my life. It all started with a random elective class my freshman year.

    • Thank you very much. It’s great when we can discover a hobby and derive great pleasure, perhaps even an income from it. I’m still learning more about photography regularly.

  3. Oh yes, these are excellent, quotes as well as photographs. I will reblog a quote or two – the second ones by Dorothea Lange and Robert Capa – and link back here, if that is ok.

  4. Consider yourself admired…no…strike that…greatly admired…..not…not good enough….super deluxe greatly admired with fries and an extra shot of espresso. There….nailed it! 🙂

  5. LaVagabonde says:

    A fabulous tribute to photographers. It’s important to have photographers that you admire and I admire you, sir.

  6. Daunting! These quotes say so much about why we love your photos. And, many retain their strength… The “You and me against the world” is a great example of “regardless of the number of times they are viewed”.
    Two life long won’t get me there, not even close, but this post does teach me how to appreciate timeless photos and why we can relate to them. Thank you so much, Dragon! 🙂

  7. Great pictures to go with your quotations. I love Elliot Erwitt. Some of this photos have made me laugh out loud. It’s definitely a rare skill to capture humour through photography. Your list of photographers gives me some insight into where you get your “mentorship” from. There are a couple I haven’t heard of – McCullin and Lange – which I’ll have to go and look up.

  8. Great quotes and interesting info on some of the various photographers. You’ve got some great photos here. I was especially captured by You and Me Against the World. Wonderful job on all! 🙂

  9. “Una fotografia è un segreto di un segreto. Quanto più ti dice meno sai “.

    non ci puo’ essere una scelta sono tutte straordinarie, così come tutte le didascalie, è bello passare qui per imparare

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  11. This would be another of my favourites of your posts LD. I think it is the quotes that really underline what you achieve with your street photography. “the body” is so amusing and “walk on by” quite haunting. Also you have a way of capturing the light. All perfect. Keep them coming…

  12. brilliant post, LD… the opening quote by Ansel Adams is beautiful and has so much truth in it…

    The couple against the world is a stunning shot, leaves me speechless every time I look at it ♥

  13. LB says:

    This is a post I will save. Much to learn here …
    The timing of it is perfect as I am watching Forest Gump (for the millionth time)

  14. A compilation of quotes from some of the Greats of Photography – some well known to me, but some that are new. And a grand bunch of images demonstrating your own skill at capturing that ‘decisive moment’.

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  16. You’ve got so many fascinating images of people on this blog you’ll be able to open a photo museum of humanity soon! 😀 When you start thinking in photography mode it’s amazing what you end up seeing and what turns out the best picture – not always what we might think.

    I’m glad your doing well on Instagram – I’m still trying to figure out how to access it by PC and not with a phone app, I don’t like doing those website things on a tiny device. If I figure it out soon I’ll join you! I’ve got myself on Fickr, so moving in the right direction. Not got the new camera yet, I might go for a Sony a6000, it’s a good price, lightweight, and has some great reviews by some top photographers. Currently enjoying experimenting with my phone camera at the moment. Little things can do a lot these days! 😉

    • Thank you very much, Suzy. Life is interesting to observe.

      I know you can view instagram images and make likes/comments on a pc at http://www.instagram.com if you are logged into your account. However, posting images can only be done from your phone. I guess that’s how they wanted instagram to be – instantaneous.

      • I have managed to open a page, at least I could this time. Last time I visited, it just said ‘download app’ there was no ‘sign up’ button for a PC! I’m preparing my images into square versions as I don’t know what weird results I might get if I upload them as they are! Seems a lot of messing around with uploading them to my phone again – Flickr is so much easier!! 😀

        • I rarely post square images. I guess it’s just finding what works for you. The same goes with all these different photo outlets. I tried flickr and left it. I signed up to 500pix and Pinterest but can’t be bothered to even do a single post on either. 🙂

        • I posted one of the square images on Twitter today, it’s much better than relying on Twitter to crop it to shape…tends to chop off the very bit you don’t want removed. 😦 I thought Instagram might be the same…maybe it’s more intelligent! 😉 Pinterest is a bit of weirdo site, it’s supposed to be a place to find links, a bit like Twitter, but so many only seem interested in looking at pretty pictures, art, and quotes. Some big time bloggers claim to have great success on there, but I haven’t and neither have I seen any other ordinary blogger have any success. I think you have to give different places a try, and find what works for you. Very pleased to see you’re having success on Instagram….you found a good corner to spread your talent! 😀

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