The camera never "takes" a photograph. It never will. The camera is merely a storage device holding the photographer's perception of reality at any given point in time. True, the more features a camera has available, the easier it is to manipulate reality on the fly. However, the least expensive camera with the fewest features can virtually replicate most results of high end models. In the last analysis it is not the camera but rather the person behind the camera that truly "takes" the photograph.
I was born in Schenectady, New York and from that time on I was in front of or behind a camera lens! Probably the greatest influence in my developing an interest in photography was my father, who several years earlier documented and field developed photographs from World War II India where he served in the railroad battalion.
My first camera was a Agfa, green plastic hand held camera that I won by selling magazine subscriptions. From the time I was awarded the prize a camera was always within reach.
|Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. |
I took photos of just about everything I saw experimenting with composition and subject matter. When my budget based on delivering newspapers was too small to allow me to have my photos processed, I did the next best thing: by building a small darkroom in the basement and processed photos myself!
Although I believes the it is the photographer makes the photo, not the camera, I recognize that being on the cutting edge of photo technology can provide the tools needed to adjust instantly to changing conditions allowing me to catch a shot I may have been otherwise unprepared or slow to capture. My camera of choice is the Canon Mark 5D II, which provides the latitude and freedom I demands in photo art.
My award winning photographs have been published nationally and have receive great reviews. Visit this site frequently and you will see albums grow with the best of the best. Be sure to click on the Photo Gallery link above to view some of my work. For a more extensive portfolio, go to Jack Mion Photography to my website provided in part