Maisel's recent books consist of short musings about his approach to photography, interspersed with his images. His philosophy is one of exploration and openness, of learning to see your environment as it exists without imposing pre-conceived ideas on it. He views photography as a search to find and appreciate beautiful settings and objects.


“Don’t look for reds, or blues, or pastels, or saturated color, or no-color color, or vibrations,” Maisel writes in Light, Gesture, and Color. “If you're open to them, all these things will come to you. If you go after them, they will elude you.” [4] This is very much the way that I approach photography, so I find Maisel’s thoughts a source of validation and encouragement.


Hedgecoe takes a more conservative approach to photography; his images have a more solid feel to them. However, there is a sense of inventiveness and humour that runs through his best images. When he photographed sculptor Henry Moore on a beach holiday, he did so in a way that included a series of changing huts marching across the background at the level of Moore's head – this should have been a distracting mistake but it works, because of the colours in the image and the tilt of Moore's head. He also took portraits of a doleful Alfred Brendel framed by the lid of his grand piano, and a woman surrounded by her collection of ceramic animal statues. [5]


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