Wednesday, December 31, 2008

reading the light

b. 3 October 1963 d. 31 December 2005

Tom's trade was light. He always had his light meter with him. He was often shooting, but it's not the camera that I remember: it was Tom stepping into the spot, into his shot, positioning his analog Sekonic to read the light.

He was the first person to point out to me, in the gentle way he had of teaching without sounding like a teacher, that a shot isn't so much about the objects in the frame -- it's about the light that brings them alive.

Miss you, friend. Still.

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