Its not always about the camera. / by Dawn Webb

You will here a lot photographers banging on about "it's not always about the camera".
Its the eye's and the heart that make a good image, without passion you won't ever create good work.

The camera is purely a catalyst in this process, it's only a tool there to record your passion.

Ok so most of you know I am a real gear head when it comes to cameras but since being made unemployed I don't have a penny to my name - no pennies means no camera!

So Monday this week I found my self 'camera less" as it were, a camera I had been loaned needed to be returned.  This left me feeling empty and useless - my head is making and creating images 24 hours a day, so much so it hurts - it's like a drug, an addiction…I simply need to make images ALL the time.
That process of think, create, capture, upload, edit, post, display is an ever rotating circle I have to deal with daily and without a camera I can't do that.  I have had a few broken promises where some people have promised to loan me another yet nothing has come to fruition.

This week I went to meet up with a man who I regard as one of the founders of modern day military social documentary photography.  His style and passion are infectious.  The military produce lots of photographers that can be seen rolling out of "The Factory" on a bi annually basis, however there are only two photographers of years gone by that I follow and admire. Giles Penfound and Ian Forsyth.
This is not a write up to blow smoke up their proverbial……but something I genuinely have deep admiration towards.  Something they both have in common is they don't really care what tool is in their hands they seem to produce no matter what the situation is.  They see and photograph the light in a way no other military photographer has, they also bend the rules to what some say "is the right way to do things".
1:1 flash, rule of thirds and bright and tight smiley faces are archaic  - wake up, this isn't how we all do it.

Meeting Giles for the first time wasn't just a wake up call to the realities of war on the outside of the wire here in 'Civvy Street" but he also carried out and extraordinary act of generosity - he saw me down on my chin strap, sulking about no camera and picked me up by lending me a Tool for my trade.
Giles handed me a Canon G12 - not used anything like this before, but he assured me of it's competencies - told me "it's a tool, it's you that makes the images"
Whilst in London with Giles we went to view the finalists of the Taylor Wessing portrait prize at the National Portrait gallery.  This is something I was unaware of and definitely want to enter next year…watch this space.

Saying goodbye to Giles at the Embankment underground I felt alive again, I am out there making images and doing what I enjoy most….think,create,capture,upload,edit and post my displayed work……………

Thanks Giles.

A few images with the Canon G12 on it's maiden voyage as I worked the route back home that evening.