"A while ago I won the Observer Outdoor Photographer of the Year, it was a while ago, as digital imaging hadn’t really taken off, so I was shooting exclusively on film. Part of the prize was a trip to India, where I took this photograph of the magnificent Taj Mahal, and it really is magnificent, one of the few places I’ve visited that does exceed expectation.
I remember the moment well, the light was perfect and I framed the shot on my trusty old Nikon FM2 ( as featured in the images!) I made one exposure and then I noticed how the tourists were milling around and moving into a perfect composition, so I waited a while, looking and hoping and then click, perfect, everyone in place - it could not have been orchestrated any better. A genuine moment. And of course no instant review or play back on the camera, but I had a feeling I had something special.
In these days of rapid fire disposable imagery, it seems remarkable that I only made two exposures - you can see them on the contact sheet reproduced here. The first one is okay, but then the arrangement of the people in the second frame anchors the composition and creates a narrative that elevates the image to another level."
Signed and numbered in an edition of 195, printed on museum quality fine art paper (Hahnemuhle photo rag).
50 x 40 cm framed in dark birch effect.
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