Hello again and welcome to a new interview with another photographer. This time I had the chance to talk to Hélène Cook, a Brussels-based hobby photographer. She started photography a few years ago and she is a member of the Viewfinders’ Photography Club since 2017. She participated for the first time to an exhibition in October 2018 called “Schieven Regards”, which was organised by the Collective of photographers “Bruxelles Pixels”.
Now, after seeing her active and valuable contribution to the club, from the perspective of a member in the club’s committee and after being impressed by her portfolio and her approach in photography, I wanted to find out more about how she sees photography and share the answer with you. For this, I have prepared a set of questions, in order to find out about who is behind the photographs.
Hello again and welcome to a new interview with another photographer. This passion for photography is flowing strong within many of us, but it’s mostly hidden behind the daily tasks we all need to do. But beyond the engineer, doctor, driver, mechanic, director, manager assistant and whatever job we might have during the working week, there is a passionate photographer – that’s the person we want to discover. Today, we will hear from Richard Sylvester, one of the “pillars” of the VIEWFINDERS – The Photography Club of Brussels, a good friend and truly a key committee member of this international club of photography. It is him who invited me to join this club and I could say he is the first person I knew from Brussels, even before moving to Belgium, a few years ago.
As photographers, no matter if we are beginners, enthusiasts, advanced or full professionals, we are living both interesting and challenging times. With the progress in science and technology and the way we work, interact with each other, buy, use and sell our equipment, all of these shape a totally different universe from what we were used to live, not so many years ago.
In one of my previous articles, I wanted to write about the content of the photo bag, but in fact, this is a continuously changing configuration. We carry what we have, what we need (or might need) and what we use, according to our style and needs in photography.
I was part of a team of enthusiasts photographers in a photo walk in Brussels, during November’s whimsy weather. Starting from the afternoon until the evening, night included, we roamed the streets of this city, looking for architecture and street photography subjects, enjoying each other’s company, exchanging tips and experiences.
According to Buddha, the Middle Path, or the Middle Way is a concept used to describe the Noble Eightfold Path, a series of Buddhist practices and mindsets that will lead one to the liberation from samsara.
How many megapixels do you need in your digital camera? What MTF charts will be enough to satisfy your expectations? What type of photography do you practice, to justify the number of megapixels you just said to yourself (at least) you need to do the job better, the best?
Self curation is one of the greatest challenge and probably one of the most difficult task for an artist. To select and evaluate your own work you require special abilities.
Your photography is mainly for yourself. It is a form of expressing your feelings, your interactions with the surrounding world and a way to record all of this through still images.
Right from the beginning, I would like to say, as the title clearly shows, that shooting in JPEG mode will give you more freedom in photography. And in your life, too.