The picture is all that matters. It is irrelevant what it was taken with, and to a lesser degree, who took it. The only important thing is the subject of the photograph and how it makes the viewer feel. If I have done my job as a photographer, the picture will elicit some kind of emotion. And that’s really all that matters to me. Sharp or blurry, black and white or color, as long as the choices made enhance the subject, then I’ve done that picture justice.
I was one of the herd. I succumbed to the G.A.S. bug and spent all my time on the internet and YouTube scouring gear reviews instead of spending that time out shooting. I lusted after the latest gadgets and lighting equipment and giant softboxes. That’s how you become a good photographer, right? Take highly stylized portraits and composites and spend most of your time on the computer?
For years I fell into that trap. Don’t get me wrong. For those who create such magnificent pieces of art with their camera’s and computers, more power to them. What I’m saying is that I was pursuing that type of photography even though deep down I knew it wasn’t my style. But what choice was there? You couldn’t be considered a real photographer if you didn’t take perfectly lit portraits that were also tack-sharp, right?
A funny thing happens when you delve into the history of Photography. You realize that for most of its young history, the greatest pictures ever taken were rarely sharp, rarely in color, and rarely taken in a studio. Learning the history of the art opened my eyes to the type of photography I’m passionate about: call it documentary, reportage, candids, it is immaterial. I always had a knack for finding the right moment to capture that unposed look of love or moment of unrestrained joy, and those are the moments I now pursue with my camera.
What the heck is Sucking Diesel?
Sucking Diesel is an Irish term meant to convey everything is going great. I chose it as the name for my business because I wanted to project a sense of positive energy with my photography. I use the spirit of Sucking Diesel throughout my photographic and everyday life.