Hubert Williams – Jazz 24 Volts
Every day I try to be a better photographer than I was the day before. As the saying
goes… “You’re only as good as your last shoot!” What I enjoy most about photographing people is I get to see something deep, beyond their physical image. There is much more to capture than just a smile.
Every image has its own unique moment. Excited by the look and feel of a camera, I get a certain thrill when I have this mechanical equipment in my possession. It does not matter what brand of camera it is. Currently, I am a Nikon owner, but any camera will do if you know what to do with it. Photographing people is an art unto itself. If I unselfishly focus on my subject, I can capture their soul…their inner being. Sometimes I can do this spontaneously…sometimes not. Being in the right place at the right time is key.
Capturing the perfect image sometimes comes just by chance. Then there are times when I am in my studio and I create and demand that perfect image for both myself and my subject. Every image lives only once. I believe that no two images or expressions are the same.
As a special events photographer, I get to go to many places and see lots of people. Since 2002 I’ve been asked to photograph such celebrities as James Earl Jones, Herbie Hancock, Smokey Robinson, and Ruby Dee. I kind of cut my digital photography teeth on fashion photography. But I am absolutely transformed by shooting Jazz. This is the art form that arrests my soul. I become one with the artist and the music. When shooting jazz, I see more than the artist or musician, I feel as if I can capture the very power behind each note that is played or sung. It’s like being hit by 24 volts of power that translates into the final, soulful, perfect photograph.
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