Tools or Photography?

Are landscape photographers obsessed with tools? Cameras, films, sensors, techniques – are they just means to the end of creating photographs, as Rafael Rojas asks, or are they the end in themselves?

Every now and then, when I publish a photograph on a social media site or present a lecture to a photographic club, I unhappily receive a certain kind of reaction from some fellow photographers. I may have shown what I consider to be a very personal photograph, one of those images which happens in magical moments when mind, heart and soul unite, allowing us to photograph what we feel, not what we see. I may have talked about what triggered my reaction, about memories and feelings, hidden messages and visual metaphors, or I may have presented the photograph with a mere title and date, allowing it to speak directly to the observer. And then, the first question comes; wow, is that...

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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