Q&A@F&B No. 9: Stuart Sipahigil

Stuart Sipahigil’s journey as a photographer began with a gift from his grandparents at the age of six. Now, more than forty years later, he still happily refers to himself as an amateur photographer “in the traditional sense of the word”. In 2009 Stuart attended a workshop in Italy lead by photographer David duChemin, setting the wheels in motion for a project that seems to have added author to his resume. In October, Craft & Vision released Stuart’s first book, titled “Close to Home – Finding Great Photographs in your own Backyard.” It’s a fantastic book filled with insights and exercises to help you realize that great photographs can be made anywhere, if you just learn to see things a little differently.

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An excerpt from Close To Home:

“After pushing yourself to look deeper than the obvious, this is probably the most critical thing you’ll need to practice in order to make great photographs around your home, or anywhere for that matter. Remember, the rectangular (or square) viewfinder restricts what elements you can include in a photograph, as well as determining what must be left outside of the frame.

You need to observe closely what falls within the frame and make conscious decisions about what you want to include and what you don’t. Most of the time, we try to include too much in the photograph and you need to make the effort to reduce those elements to only the ones you need to support your intent.”

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