Writers block. Frantic running on the hamster wheel of work. Fear of looking at 752 unread blog entries on Google reader. Winter. My seemingly endless holiday from the blog is now over thanks to uber photographer Don McCullin. In the mail today? His new book ‘Shaped by War’ – a book accompanying his new exhibit from The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England via amazon uk. I’m giddy.

Fresh and in plastic wrap.

Unwrapping the plastic.


Don is my photo crush. Astounding images despite the gear limitations. McCullin photographed with a Nikon F. That is like the first letter of the Nikon alphabet. The access and risk in a pre-embed visual era war made for lasting photo trends and styles.

I’m not a crazed fan. Not writing while hiding in the shrubs outside Don’s home in Somerset. Never heard him speak. Or talked to him. I’m a silent fan who has bought enough of his books to expect a plaque be glued onto one of his living room chairs: Made Possible by Sarah’s Book Buying.

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” – from Sleeping With Ghosts : A Life’s Work in Photography.

Sure, may be winter and skies may be gray. But get outside and feel.

-Sarah Evans

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