Photo Essay

David Cannon

SECRETS AND STRIPERS: Photographer David Cannon Figures it Out

Ansel Adams said, “If photography were difficult in the true sense of the term—meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching—there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.”

There is the rare person who can quickly and easily produce art, but I am not one of them. I don’t innately think in terms of composition and color, subject and lighting. To sum it up, I don’t have an artistic cell in my brain.

But that’s exactly why photography appeals so deeply to me. Learning composition and color, how to use light, how to draw a viewer’s eye to the subject, and how to tell a story through images—it’s a process that’s immensely satisfying…

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The Flyfish Journal Volume 9 Issue 2 Feature Secrets and Stripers

above Kelly Calva getting bent on a well-guarded southeastern Appalachian River. This place makes you work hard for fish. It’s a really long drive and then a difficult paddle from the nearest place to park a truck. And if you hook a fish here, every rock in the river seems to be made out of nipper blades.


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