A mark in time

“The only thing we photographers really want more than life, more than sex, more than anything, is to be invisible.”

Phillip Jones Griffiths

Voice is a strange quality, a birth right – not somethng earned but rather developed and mostly misused. In rare and pleasant occasions, the mind is opened to some thing or some person that has found the settings – their mark, a quite raw and wonderfully fresh deliverence. The spine tingles with the kind of feeling that comes with a first kiss,  first fight or even a funeral.

Indeed, it is sadly so rare a thing to hear great words that when they arrive the tendency is to open the memory banks, take it all in, for history has laid the lesson that this time may not come again.

Last month I heard Mr Griffiths last public talk at the Frontline club. Today he is dead.

But in my head his passion, his obvious love for life, experience and true grit offers me a new perspective. The age of true photojournalism, pioneered by good men like mr Griffiths, may be changing, but with the help of his ambition, I will be pushing on and fighting long into the darkest nights, for with hope i will seek out opportunity.



1 Response to “A mark in time”

  1. 1 nailamharas March 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Was it coincidence that we both chose the PJG quote for our blogs? Strange world. hope you’re well, friend. http://www.nailamharas.wordpress.com

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