Hey, My Name Is David.
Hi and thanks for visiting my website. My name is David Jacobs and I’ve been creating photographic images for over 40 years! I started out with an Ilford Instamatic film camera that took a 126 cartridge (look it up!) and was then given a beautiful Yashica Electro 35 range-finder camera. It was the start of a very long relationship with the medium of photography.
Over the years I have used a wide variety of camera and film formats ranging from the miniature (Minox) to the large format (8″ x 10″) film in both black and white, colour negative and reversal (slide) film. My last film-based camera was from the venerable Olympus OM series (I had an OM-1, OM-2, OM-2SP and an OM-4 at various stages). They were (and still are) amazing workhorses but unfortunately, over time, it became too expensive and time-consuming to process film. I used to love the darkroom. There is nothing like the excitement of seeing an image appear from nothing on photographic paper within seconds when you develop your first enlargement. Anyone who has done this will know what I mean. You felt like you were “crafting” an image rather than just “taking pictures”. Unfortunately, it takes time and space to process your own film and to print your own images in a darkroom. After a long hiatus from photography, I eventually “caved” and bought a digital camera (a Canon Powershot A720 if you must know) then moved on to an Olympus E-620 then over to a Sony Alpha A700 to my current Sony A7 II (amongst others).
Am I a better photographer for having shot film? Absolutely! You knew you had a limited number of exposures (36 if you shot 35mm, 12 if you shot medium format and two sheets per holder if you shot large format). This made you plan, think, review, rethink, and only when you were satisfied that you had everything right, did you release the shutter. So how does one shoot “action” photos then? One word! Practice! You bought lenses that focussed the same way, you knew where every control was on the camera so that you could make changes without removing the camera from your face. There was no time wasted “chimping” (looking at each photo you took immediately). You learnt to anticipate. You needed to be confident about each shot as you wouldn’t know if they turned out well until they were processed. It was a discipline that has helped me to this day.
Good photography is a combination of Vision, Mind, and Heart. I have learnt that people generally look at what is in front of them but don’t see what is within or around. What I mean by this is the ability and the decision to engage and explore what is before you when creating a photograph. I use the approach of “See, Think, Click” when I teach, to get people to engage to a deeper level of vision before they press the shutter release. Seeing (Vision) is much deeper than looking. Think (Mind) about how best to create something awesome and when the moment is right (Heart), then Click the shutter button!
Having been trained as a commercial photographer, I am now embarking on a new journey as a fine-art photographer. This change has been somewhat of a challenge for me as the final image is no longer about technical qualities but rather about the emotional impact, it gives a viewer. Part of this journey is to extend my vision and thinking and to bring more heart into my images, by exploring new and old photographic processes, techniques, and equipment.
I’ll also be looking at the “why” of photography, as well as the how and when and to teach others to actively Create images rather passively Take photos. Security cameras “take” photos, YOU should “create” an image! I hope you subscribe or visit often to share my words, images and thoughts and I always look forward to comments and feedback.
Join me on my journey and explore the joy of discovery, the unique, the thought-provoking and in the process, become a Thinking Photographer yourself. We teach by learning and we learn by teaching so let us learn together!