攝影 與 文字 ?

一位來自美國嘅攝影前輩,佢退休前喺 Associated Press 做 Photojournalist, 依家舒舒服服住在風涼又水冷嘅馬來西亞. 前輩上個禮拜走上嚟探訪我哋個 studio, 朋友的名字吹 John Ishii.

因為 Shutter Alliance 同自身工作關係, 我有幸可以不定時結識到語少攝影高手. 眾多高手中, John 一句說話令我思考最深,插得我亦最甘, he said “if you want to be good at photography, you’d need to know how to write.”

時代唔同, 人與人之間溝通方法多咗,即時咗; FB Messenger, Instagram DM, Whatsapp etc., 怕者唔會寫 email 畀你遠方親朋戚友, 簡簡單單一個 video call 簡直快靚正. 何需寫長篇大論, 親親親 ! 寫 email 呢個動作, 都係留返喺公司寫 formal correspondence 算啦:

“Dear Nikkon, I’m a professional photographer and have 20K subscribers in my IG, please send me your latest camera and I will do a review. Sincerely, George.”

再 copy and paste 同一個 email 去 Sorry, Leika 同 Connan. 寄完多封電郵, 俏俏地感覺充實, 真係忙碌的一天, 踏向成功一大步. 現實係, 大家估下品牌公司一日收到幾多呢類 email ??

So why the big fuss with writing ? 多年以來, 接觸過唔少人士, 老老嫩嫩, 乜鬼都有! 每人都想做啲嘢, 想做生意又好, 為理想又好, 為興趣都好, 真係一人有一個夢想. 大家痴痴呆呆坐埋一台時, 個個吹到天花龍鳳, 打鑼打鼓中六合彩咁, 我每次聽完都好激昂好興奮. OK,個 idea 咁絕世, 可唔可以寫個 brief proposal 出嚟畀大家消化下, 再決定點砌個 execution plan ?

To cut the story short, 啲偉大理想同興趣最後過唔到 writing 呢一關.

大家真係以為諗到就自自然然寫到,做到? 買機就送技術? 昂貴相機先影到靚相? The fundamental behind any photography is story telling, and a photographer is a story teller using a camera instead of a pen. 寫作可以 ground 個idea, 特有「DHA+」,有助支持腦部「指揮中心」Power Up,為 BB 全面發展打好基礎. I guess you could say writing helps to consolidate and organize your thoughts and to materialise them.

學習新語言, 離不開”聽,寫,講”.
語言熟習, 離不開”聽多啲, 寫多啲, 講多啲”

事實係, 我至憎作文, 尤其用中文. 我中文程度去到小三, 名符其實嘅小學雞, 陰功! 寫作, 我估大家都自覺係文人, 讀飽詩書, 參觀博物館, 飲拉花咖啡. 但次次想落筆都唔知寫乜好, 藉口多多: 寫個 business proposal 又話對生意無興趣, 提議寫生活點滴, 又話工作繁忙, 無時間. 重之有非常多合情合理既藉口.

熱愛攝影嘅你, 上過攝影班, 擁有名機名鏡, 上山再下海,去冰島又非洲,菲林數碼雙修,收集攝影書又多過 Dragon Tiger Panther, 何不試試寫 blog, 寫作或可提升攝影觸角 ?

我冀盼下年升小四, 一步一步慢慢咁脫離鳩影鳩寫, 做一個中學雞.

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