13 Award Winning Photographers on Framing a Slice of Life
“Despite pointing my camera at her, the young girl’s composure did not falter even once. She simply continued to stare at me.”
In 1989, there was a terrible war raging between the Burmese troops and the ethnic Burmese Mon army. At the time, I was a staff photographer with The Dallas Morning News in Texas, United States, when I was sent to cover the war. The girl in the photograph was a child soldier recruited by the rebel groups. It was jarring to see her sitting emotionless with a M16 rifle beside her. This made me wonder about the several deaths that her young eyes must have witnessed.
If you want to improve your photography, it is essential that you constantly keep at it. Photograph whenever the opportunity arises. Let it come as a second nature to you, and if you practice it enough, it will turn into muscle memory. You will also learn to trust your instincts, and this will eventually lead to good photographs.