What I do and why
Thank you for visiting my site. I am Anthony Rampersad, a freelance photographer with a particular appetite for pure, candid and unguarded human moments. Such moments rarely surrender themselves announced in advance for anyone's capture. We have to find them and extract them from an infinite reel of look-alikes separated only by the incalculable fractions of time which produce those appreciable and mostly serendipitous differences of gesture and expression. When such moments are found and captured though, the resulting satisfaction is almost cathartic.
My own method for reaching this end result is simple; walk the streets no different from a hungry stray in search of something to quell the need.It is best summed up in the byline: ROAM, DISCOVER, SHOOT, SHARE.
"When such moments are found and captured though, the resulting satisfaction is almost cathartic."
About That Foot
The logo & brand
Thank you for noticing, yes, that's a footprint in my logo. The footprint is a symbol and symbols convey meanings and messages. Exactly what this symbol means to me can be best related through the words of some of my favourite photographers. For instance:
"My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport" Steve McCurry
"I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and wait and talk..." Alex Webb
"A good photograph is knowing where to stand" Ansel Adams
These and many more speak to a tried and true approach to visually discovering and capturing the raw spirit of any place; walking, with hair-trigger senses and zero expectations.
Great pictures are stubborn and they often will not come to you; you have to go find them. The best way I know how to do this is on my feet.
A personal philosophy
To me, and more than anything else, photography is an implement of truth. While the art itself has been a servant to many masters, it is this one - truth - I believe to be the one most worthy of answering to.
It can be reasonably questioned whether a photograph, or even a well edited series of them, is capable of bearing the banner of truth all on its own. Unfortunately, it isn't. Pictures need words in order to form compelling and valid narratives.
Picture Editor for the Observer and the Economist, Colin Jacobson, wrote "The two disciplines, words and pictures, need each other and should complement each other." He emphasized that "good text" was necessary to "amplify and expand the sense of what the pictures are doing and give them context and meaning".
The concept of partnership no doubt ranges in degree of application from one genre of photography to the other. In street photography, for instance, providing a detailed and lengthy caption of a scene or a moment can sometimes rob the viewer of that feeling of awe he may experience from having read the image in the most literal sense possible and strictly on the visual merits presented before his eyes.
Its akin to a scientist getting on stage and methodically explaining all of a magician's illusions immediately as they are performed. Sometimes, our senses want to be awed and some things, once demystified can never be un-demystified.
Photography is the beautiful art which is also endlessly utilitarian. Do you have doubts? Imagine a newspaper or magazine, whether print or digital, without pictures. Imagine the fields of advertising and fashion without photography. Get the picture of the importance of pictures?
If you have as much an appreciation for pictures as I do, I trust you will enjoy browsing, reading and even sharing your own perspectives. Have fun!