Robert Capa

Somewhere today I came across a piece about the renowned Hungarian-American war photographer Robert Capa, 1913-1954, who said:

If your pictures aren’t good enough you’re not close enough

A photo of part of a chandelier that I captured last summer came to mind immediately. In the library of Abbotsford (link), the home of Scottish novelist, playwright and poet Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832, this ceiling rose conjures mind’s eye images of the entire house. Sometimes close and minimalist tells a much bigger story. Always absorbed by photography, I’ll take Mr Capa’s counsel with me in the coming month. Meanwhile, I see something of Sir Walter’s poetic soul in this gorgeous interior decoration.

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