Create & Explore 006 – Ben Thomas x Rat & Co

I could write some words to try and convince you how awesome the Ben Thomas x Rat & Co Create & Explore video is. But I probably couldn’t do it justice. I’ll just say that your won’t regret spending the 2 minutes and 53 seconds watching it and if you do there is something wrong with you, seriously.

One thing that I have learned…

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Quality comes from quantity.

Wether or not this is true for anyone else is debatable. I know my first 10,000 photos were undoubtedly my worst, they were terrible and utterly forgettable. The point is that it takes a lot of practice to become any good at photography and The only way to get good is to make photos… lots of photos.


“Photography always transforms what it describes. That's the art of photography, to control that transformation.” – Peter Galassi

RIP Leonard Nimoy

Terribly sad news about Leonard Nimoy. I had no idea he was an accomplished photographer. I recommend watching the whole interview (but I’m biased because I love Star Trek and Leonard Nimoy) but if you just want the photography part then skip forward to 11:21 but you are a fool if you do.

Gear is nice but books are better

Books have helped me improve my photography more than any gear has. This is a story about how books have helped me improve my photography.


Tokyo Camera Style
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams

A Photography lesson with William Klein

The life of a photographer, even of a great photographer as they say, two seconds… more or less. – William Klein

The above quote is from the start of the video and is William Klein discussing the length of a photographers photographic life through their photos. The idea is that if you take all of the great photos that a photographer takes they will be equal to one or two seconds, those one or two seconds are the life of a photographer.

William Klein shares some of his contact sheets and talks about the photos and photography.

Photographers make photos

A painter starts with a blank canvas and paints a scene with their brushes and paints. An author starts out with a blank page and writes a scene with their pen and paper or computer. A photographer starts out with a complete scene, the photographer’s job is to put a frame around that scene and make a photo with the camera to give a sense of order and meaning to what they see. Or do photographers simply just take a photo of what they see?

‘You don’t take a photograph, you make it.’
– Ansel Adams

Is there a difference between ‘taking’ and ‘making’ a photo? Indeed there is. I have thought a lot about taking photos and making photos, this is my conclusion.


“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.” - Berenice Abbott