The Wheat and the Chaff

In today’s digital world, with its proliferation of social media platforms, it is easy to forget that old saying – less is more. Peter Cairns explains why the best photographers must learn to be ruthless editors too

What is your favourite picture? We have all been asked this question by friends, relatives or work colleagues. So what is your favourite picture? My guess is that, if pushed, most photographers would tend towards images they have taken recently, implying that ‘freshness’ equates to ‘quality’. It is inevitable that when we acquire a new image, especially from a location we have never before photographed, that there is an emotional attachment to that image. We can still sense being there, we can re-live the moment through what we see on the screen in front of us. Moreover, if it was hard won, perhaps through hours of waiting or days of travelling or even thousands of pounds of expenditure, we are easily tricked into imagining that the image has mass appeal. But of course our audience is …

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Peter Cairns

Based in the heart of the Cairngorms, Peter Cairns is an award-winning nature photographer with over 10 years’ professional experience under his belt. He is a founding director of The Wild Media Foundation, the social enterprise behind the 2020VISION multimedia project.

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