"A Good Sketch is Better than a Long Speech" Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon was speaking before the invention of the permanent photograph, but his words have been rephrased in the common adage, "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words". Photography is story-telling, and if you are telling a story you want it to be told well. A story-teller should be passionate about their subject and for me the things that interest most are the things that I like to take photographs of - theatre and sport. To some it seems an unlikely combination but I feel they have a lot in common. They are all about the unrepeatableness of the moment. In sport those moments happen unscripted, albeit within the artificial constraints of the rules of the game. On the stage while the script provides a basic structure, there is still scope for director and actors to make their show different from all those that have gone before. In both the synergy of those participants and that audience in a particular place and time help to make every single game or performance unique. Taking photographs in such circumstances is all about capturing the unrepeatable.