Feeling the blood rush from his legs and into his head, the shackles begin to tighten their grip into the fleshly parts of his ankles and shins, and the reality of whats about to happen starts to sink in. As the crowd looks on he begins his decent and takes one last deep inhale; now you can hear even slightest adjustment made by the crowd as this may be the last time the world sees the great Harry Houdini alive.
Harry Houdini really made his mark on the world when he performed his Upside down Water Torture Tank Escape. It wasn't the tank, the water or the shackles that made Houdini a great magician; it was what he could do with the sum of all those parts that made him so great.
However in today's market if some one has a decent camera we consider them a professional photographer. If we were to apply this same principle to magicians and we were to hand a person a deck of cards would they then become the next Harry Houdini? We understand that with the greats there is something else, the capacity of creation and how you can push a deck of cards, a tank of water and a straight jacket into one of the greatest performances you have ever seen.
Great photographers are like magicians; grabbing light, people and objects and making into something beautiful and captivating. Much like the magician the photographer has to take ordinary objects and turn it into something amazing. Houdini didn't become one of the greatest magicians of all time over night; it took years of constant refinement until he understood every aspect of his tool set and how to manipulate those tools to create a performance like non-other.
It is often said that its not the camera thats important its the person behind the camera that makes the difference. But to take it a step further Houdini couldn't pull off his greatest feats alone. It took a team of talented and dedicated individuals to build the props, shackle is ankles and lower him into that tank of water. All the great photographers work in a similar manner, working with a team of talented individuals to refine and work out every detail of the project.
When choosing a photographer for your next project think about who you would rather work with, the person who just received their first deck of cards or the master who will captivate the audience and leave you breathless at the end of the performance.
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