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“It’s about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy”

“It’s important for you to spend your time photographing things that matter to you. You need to understand the things that have meaning to you, and not what others think is important for you.”

“Gear is the least important part of the equation. Having a vision and being able to articulate an idea visually are much more important.”

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

“Let us not be afraid to allow for “post-visualization.” By post-visualization I refer to the willingness on the part of the photographer to re-visualize the final image at any point in the entire photographic process.”

“The most memorable photos are layered, in good light, and have something really interesting going on in them. If you can get all three elements into a single frame, now you’re talking.”

“To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.”

“I never think about a shoot before I do it. Because there’s no formula for people. What I try to do is to strip everything away rather than go in with preconceived notions. If I do that, I might miss a gem or a jewel that the person is offering me.”

“I feel it is the heart, not the eye, that should determine the content of the photograph. What the eye sees is its own. What the heart can perceive is a very different matter.”

“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”

“I never was an apprentice or assistant to another photographer. Everything that I know I learned by trial and error and by a lot of experimenting. I consider every assignment as a problem and my picture as its solution. I don’t belong to photographers who shoot out of instinct. A lot of thinking goes into my taking — or should I say making of — pictures”

“Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.”

“I think a photograph, of whatever it might be — a landscape, a person — requires personal involvement. That means knowing your subject, not just snapping at what’s in front of you.”

“It’s a combination of trial and error, by getting it wrong, you learn how to get it right.”

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Mike Wardynski

Mike Wardynski

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Professional landscape photographer and instructor with a passion for preserving mother earth.