I have been talking an awful lot about myself lately and have decided that this week will be dedicated to others. I want to share some amazing photographers with you. First up are Charlie and Norma Brock of Avinger, TX. I first had the pleasure of meeting these two through a support group for artists/photographers. Not only are their images exceptional they are both just super nice people. Their inner compassion shows through in their work. I asked them the following questions so we can all learn more:
What inspires your works? A passion to see things that others overlook…the beauty in ordinary or obscure things.
Which of your photographs is your favorite? Reflections – a sunken boat filled with the reflection of a cloudy sky. It was taken near Clifden, County Galway, Ireland in 2007, during a fantastic holiday on the Emerald Isle.
Is there a photographer you relate to? And why? none really. Charlie learned the mechanics from helping in his Dad’s studio, but quickly developed his own style and interests. Norma learned from Charlie, so he’s definitely her mentor and inspiration!
How long have you been taking photos? Charlie- 50 years! Norma – 38 years. It’s unbelievable how much equipment has changed, yet the basic principals of good photography have stayed the same.
What’s the best thing about being a photographer? Having 100’s of thousands of photographs to enjoy and share! Worst thing: Having 100’s of thousands of photographs to sort, edit, store and file! Never enough time!
Is there a purpose to your photography? Capturing the adventure of life and making a permanent record of each splendid moment .
How do you feel when people interpret your photos differently? When someone interprets our photos differently, we are delighted! Each picture is worth a 1000 words, and it’s great to learn what others see in the experience! Humbling and flattering at the same time.
What advice do you have for aspiring photographers? Lighting is the single most important factor for a successful photo. Composition is 2nd most important, but be creative. Learn the rules, then break them a little bit!
You can see Charlie and Norma’s entire portfolio here. Be prepared for a visual feast!