Talk # 9 What Makes Us Shine by Beata Moore

Ocean Fury by Romain Tornay

Photography can be a wonderful form of self-expression. Not only it allows to express ourselves, but also uplifts our mood and reduces stress. So, what is so special about photography that so many of us cherish? I think, it helps bring focus to our surroundings, as well as to positive life experiences. The very powerful healing abilities of being outdoors, combined with capturing the beauty all around us has been written about by many. In short, evaluating the world around us through a lens makes us focus. When we are fully present and engaged, our creativity improves. With more engagement, comes happiness. As a results, our stories become stronger, our emotions almost tangible and perceptible to the viewers. That passion and personal approach is what makes us photographers shine.

‘Ocean Fury’ by Romain Tornay tells a powerful story of the birds battling every day strong winds and fury of water. The birds may be tiny, the might they fight against formidable, yet day by day, the birds are still there. I found this image incredibly engaging, perhaps because of its commanding contrasts and the distribution of space that creates dynamic atmosphere. Most importantly because of the close distance, as it allows me to visualise birds’ struggle. Robert Capa famously said, ‘If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough’. It is for sure close enough for me.

Mentioning Capa, photographer whose images of war made him one of the greatest photojournalists of the 20th century, suddenly my trail of thoughts changed. I will write no more about engaging, observing, framing and capturing the moment. Here is a warning about the current war in Ukraine, and in fact, about any wars - if nothing is done to stop them, one day, there will be no birds and animals on this planet. Perfect landscapes in abundance, but no people to admire them.  

Beata Moore 
Discover. Experience. Create. 

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