Hi! My name is David Jacobs and welcome to my website. I chose the name "The Thinking Photographer" because I believe that strong photographic images are generally created rather than taken. Security cameras “take” photos, a photographer should “create” a photograph. Good photography is a combination of vision, mind and heart. I have learnt that people generally look at what is in front of them but don’t see what is within or around. What I mean by this is the ability and the decision to engage and explore what is before you when creating a photograph. I use the theme of “See, Think, Click” to get people to engage to a deeper level of vision before they press the shutter release. Seeing (Vision) is much deeper than looking. Think (Mind) about how best to create something awesome and when the moment is right (Heart), Click the shutter button!
I've been creating photographic images for over 40 years, starting at around eight years old with an Ilford Instamatic that took 126 cartridge film. I progressed to a "proper" camera by ten (a Yashica Electro 35). When I got into processing and printing in the darkroom, I was hooked! Once I finished school, I decided to get a degree in Illustrative Photography from RMIT. I've owned and shot in a multitude of formats from the micro (Minox C) to large format (4x5 view cameras). After my degree, I started a business as an audio-visual photographer and producer, putting together large multi-screen "productions" using up to 21 slide projectors with over 2500 slides per production. It was hard work but fun and creative at the same time.
Having been trained as a commercial photographer, I am now embarking on a new journey as a fine-art photographer. This change has been somewhat of a challenge for me as the final image is no longer about technical qualities but rather about the emotional impact, it gives a viewer. Part of this journey is to extend my vision and thinking and to bring more heart into my images, by exploring new and old photographic processes, techniques and equipment.
I'll also be looking at the "why" of photography, as well as the how and when and to teach others to actively Create images rather passively Take photos. I hope you subscribe or visit often to share my words, images and thoughts and I always look forward to comments and feedback.
Join me on my journey and explore the joy of discovery, the unique, the thought-provoking and in the process, become a Thinking Photographer yourself. We teach by learning and we learn by teaching so let us learn together!