I’m Chris Bonney. There are others – and at least one with a scarily similar profile to me. But take no notice of them. The one in that picture above… no, down a bit… yup. That’s me.
I am not a professional photographer. By that I mean that I have not set out to make an income from photography. Nor am I constrained by the same parameters as a professional photographer. I do not mean that I am not serious about it. I have set out to build a reasonable depth of knowledge in the subject over the last 20 years, so I humbly hope that you may find my musings in this blog of interest.
Photography is like flattery; people understand that they are perhaps being manipulated, and yet they want to believe.
Against my own expectations, my photographic interests have turned particularly to people and street photography. Even my landscape photographs are more about the people who live in the landscape than the landscape itself.
Perhaps the single biggest thing I have learned over the years is that the camera is an incorrigible liar. Photography is like flattery; people understand that they are perhaps being manipulated, and yet they want to believe. After all, it is the evidence of their own eyes. Isn’t it?
I take solace from the fact that photographers are natural story tellers, even if the viewer chooses to believe at face value our often carefully curated constructs.