Fay Godwin

I love many aspects of the photography world : landscapes such as Ansel Adams, Paul Wakefield and of course Michael Kenna, but I also like images which have no immediate asthetic appeal to them. Reportage images tell a story yet they are seldom beautiful to look at in an obvious way. fayselfportraite.jpg

© copyright Fay Godwin

And then there are photographers that I cannot define so easily. One such person is Fay Godwin. Her images have a sense of reportage about them, yet at the same time, they don't appear to have any particular message to give anyone. They just are.

But the reason why I bring up Fay, is that tonight I've been reading Elmet - a book she made in the 1970's, and decided to look up the internet, only to find an interview with her with a line I feel I must share with you all.

Fay is asked the following question: What would be your advice to a beginner in photography?

And her reply is : Look at lots of exhibitions and books, and don't get hung up on cameras and technical things. Photography is about images.