Photographer's Note

Continuation on my theme about the TE members I admire. To know what this is all about please read the introductory notes on the first post of the series.

If for some reason you bump into the links section of my website you will see the name of Simon Kolton in the same section as HCB, Doisneau, Eggleston and Salgado. The explanation is simple: Simon is one of the best photographers whose work I am having the intense privilege to discover. He is also one of those artists you tend to see as inspiring raw models. But above all, he is a member of that blessed league of creators that touch you in your deepest feelings.

If you look at his gallery here in TE or at his website you will find that Simon isnt one of those who go easy on exploring though situations like war, natural disasters or other places/situation of misfortune. He rather goes the opposite direction, showing you the hope there is still available for you in this world. Look at is "People from the Railway" series and you will understand what I mean. I once told him that making grand photography out of a smile is way more difficult than making it out of a hostile situation. The power to shock is always easier than the power to surprise you with love. He agreed.

The photo I am presenting here and offering Simon is one of my personal favorites. Some may say its not good, that is a poor photo in technical terms, that I can do better. That probably is true. But to be honest, in order to make this tribute to Simon, I would have to be completely honest with myself and present him one of my most beloved photos. So, sorry for this Simon, I promise Ill keep learning from you.

HCB used to tell that photography is all about time. Thats true. And this photo is nothing more than about time. Time for departure. Time for a quick chat between father and son about the challenges of life. Time for being shy in a military uniform. And time for being 6:57pm. It was took in the Sta. Apolnia train station (a subject for whom we share the same passion) some years ago with my little G2 and converted today to black and white.

Simon, thank you very much for being around. Its being a real and luminous privilege to follow you work. A+ ;)

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