being there

Karen Jonas – Picnic in the Park

Karen Jonas – Picnic in the Park

“As much as I love pictures that have been set-up, and as important as those pictures are to me, I’d rather photograph something that occurs on its own. The tension between those two kinds of photographs is at the heart of what I do. It’s not a conflict, but sometimes useful to remember that things are happening right in front of you and that you don’t have to complicate the situation. You can take what’s given to you. You just need your mind and your eye.”

—Annie Leibovitz, from Annie Leibovitz At Work


I'm with Annie on being there. As much as I enjoy the artful arranging of the elements of a well-designed photograph, I'll always choose those moments that just happen – and I'll be grateful for the magical feeling of being there and knowing well the fullness of the experience.