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I've been making photographs professionally for 25 years, but the advent of digital photography changed everything.

 


 

 

Like everyone else, I started as a kid taking snapshots, but with the advantage that my mother was an art teacher and my father an accomplished amateur painter and sculptor. I was trained by association to see the world through artists' eyes.

In fifth grade I won a prize for an essay entitled "Our Eyes: Vision Unlimited." In high school I contracted a disease called histoplasmosis that almost made me blind, but luckily for me they had developed a medicine six months earlier with which to treat it.

My brother and cousin are professional photographers, so I learned what I could from them, and studied more on my own. I shot Kodachrome 25 and 64 slides in Nikon F2 and F3 cameras for magazine and newspaper travel articles, and for my Lonely Planet guidebooks.

I was never interested in the chemistry of silver-halide photography so I've never worked in a darkroom. Because I shot mostly Kodachrome, my film had to be sent to a Kodak lab for processing in any case.

Then along came digital photography and everything changed. I love computers and the Internet, and am an eager and early adopter of computer technologies.

I bought a small, light, beautifully engineered Canon PowerShot G1 camera and shot and shot and shot. It's so easy to learn quickly and improve your skills with a digital camera because there's immediate aesthetic feedback: no having to wait for the film to come back from the lab.

I resisted the urge to buy more equipment. I needed to train my eye. My goal was to see great photographs. If I could take them, all the better. Seeing is essential. Technical mastery is merely useful.

When it comes to photo equipment, less is more. The photographer makes the picture, not the camera. The eye and mind discover it. The camera merely records it.

Good equipment helps you to record the image accurately. It does not make me a better photographer.

Only after studying the work of the great 19th- and 20th-century photographers did I come to appreciate photography as an art form.

Today I favor honest images of balanced composition that capture the real world, which to me is more beautiful than any idealized, purposely shocking, overly manupulated, hyper-dramatized or unnaturally color-saturated world could ever be. More...

We live in a visual paradise, with a limitless number of potentially captivating images all around us at all times.

Beauty is undefinable except to say "That's it!" or "That's not it."

The goal of my photography is a philosophical one: not to innovate for innovation's sake, or to manipulate in order to increase visual impact, but merely to discover and reveal unexpected beauty with honest images.

I have nothing to prove. I don't always succeed. The world is already as beautiful as it can be. It doesn't care if I succeed or fail.

We shoot the obvious pleasing images for our work, and go in search of the abundant hidden beauty for the good of our spirits.

Please contact me if you're interested in licensing rights or purchasing prints of my photographs.

Tom Brosnahan


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Tom Brosnahan

Above, self-portrait in the ceiling mirror of a New York restaurant. (Note the camera at the bottom of the picture.)

Below, visitors at the Grand Canyon.

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