Through a Lens Brightly

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY TEACHES US

I have been taking photographs for most of my adult life. With no technical knowledge of f-stops, apertures, or how to work with light and shadow, I have still stumbled into taking some fine pictures. A nice camera, the right moment, and blind good luck. There have been enough successes for me to ignore the fact that most of what I shoot is all wrong (someone told me that for a single article in National Geographic, thirty thousand...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.