Posted on by Hayley Peters

A photograph has the power to evoke memories from the past. It can often feel as though we're travelling back in time when we open up an album filled with our favourite photos. In a world filled with fleeting blink and you'll miss them moments, the camera provides photographic evidence of our magical experiences. With the flick of the shutter, we're able to capture our unique perception of the world and the people, animals and objects within it. Moments in time are preserved not only in our mind, but in the photographs we capture, frame and treasure forever. It's World Photography Day, so it seems there's no better time to get snap happy. To help you feel inspired, read the words of some of Britain's most influential photographers...



"I think if you don't love people and aren't fascinated by them, you'll never succeed as a portrait photographer, because your pictures will look cold. If you surround yourself with talented people and you give them the freedom to achieve, then the work will never fail."




"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary."



"The most brilliant thing about photography is that it's a passport into any social situation whatsoever."



"Photography is getting as close as you can to real life, showing us things we don't normally see."



"It's amazing how if you turn up at a studio without an idea, a picture will take itself from momentum, and you quickly can lose control. I think the power of  image is mystery- I endlessly create mysteries, by way of this dystopian message, to initiate intrigue." 




"I’m no supermodel, but that's irrelevant. What’s sexy to me is having confidence and passion. I shot the whole book naked and there was a lot of self-discovery, particularly as a woman - it taps into feminism; there's no hierarchy between men and women when you remove their clothes." 

 You can purchase Amelia's Naked Britain Book below




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