Inspirations, Photographers, Photography

Abbas Attar

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“Abbas Attar” a Magnum Photographer born in Iran and migrated to France, a serious photojournalist who covered many wars and revolutions in many countries. You can find more information about him here in a Wikipedia entry and the magnum entry here.  The below photograph by him made me write this article.

Belfast Fire - Meaning of life - Abbas

G.B. NORTHERN IRELAND. Belfast. A wall crumbles down after having been set on fire, presumably by the IRA.

This photograph was shot at Belfast by Abbas while the building was on fire, purposely been set on due to some enmities. Look at the action been captured in the frame. His many of the photographs are mostly plenty of action packed in it. This photograph is so famous due to the amount of action happening in the frame. No idea how many clicks Abbas made to get this perfect shot or this could also be the one and only shot! However, look at the actions happening in the frame; building wall is being collapsed and falling down towards the firefighter who was trying to douse the fire. The water from the hose reel is in harmony with the hose reel lying in the bottom right side of the frame, curvy! Abbas definitely lied down in order to include the hose reel in such a way, it adds value to the photograph overall. The lampposts are showing us a hint that this event is happening in a narrow street and additionally the eaves of the opposite building – top right side of the frame. The photograph is not perfectly vertical but that has overcome by the amount of action captured.

It is not what you know about photography, it is about being able to show off in a place at the right time with what you know already. No Questions, carry your camera with you all the time for maximum opportunities – you never know, where, what will happen. Regret is not an option, encountering an outstanding moment and unable to capture because you did not bring your camera with you is sad.

This photograph is a part of “The Meaning of life” a book compiled by the editors of the Life Magazine.

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Navanee Viswa

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