by Gerald Boerner
"Our pictures are our footprints. It’s the best way to tell people we were here."
— Joe McNally, Photographer and Author
Bonus Photographer’s Thought for the Day…
”It’s about your eye in the camera as the light hits just right. It’s about the slight turn of your subject’s face that speaks the truth. It’s about holding your breath as you shoot. It’s about the nerves, the joy, and the terror of wondering if you got it. And then dancing about, punching holes in the air when you know you did. It’s about… the Moment It Clicks.”
— Joe McNally, from his book: The Moment It Clicks
Joe McNally is an American photographer who has been taking pictures for the National Geographic Society since 1987. One of McNally’s largest projects, "Faces of Ground Zero," was a response to the September 11, 2001, tragedy at New York’s World Trade Center. Some of his National Geographic magazine assignments are "The Future of Flying," "Power of Light," and "What It Takes to Build the Unbeatable Body: Pushing the Limit."
He has received the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for magazine photography and has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, and the Art Directors Club. He has also been recognized by the magazines Photo District News, American Photo, Applied Arts magazine, Communication Arts, and Graphis.
[Biographical information is from the Wikipedia article on Joe McNally that can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_McNally ]