Square Lamb – aka Rachel Prout – is a British amateur photographer based in Valencia, Spain.
In my ordinary, tax-paying life I teach English as a foreign language; in my free time I love to travel and explore new places – and rediscover old and familiar ones. I always carry a camera.
For me, photography exists to capture moments, moods, expressions and emotions: a lasting record of a fleeting second in time. That moment can be beautiful and happy or bleak and ugly – the important thing is recording it as accurately as possible, and scenes of angst and misery can be as compelling as scenes of colour and joy.
For this reason I try to keep post-processing to a minimum; I usually sharpen my images a bit, maybe adjust the exposure or contrast, but I don’t like digitally altering an image to the extent that it no longer reflects what was actually there. We have painters to give us aesthetics! In my opinion the job of a photograph is to narrate a story of people, place, time or situation and the artistic skill of the photographer lies in finding a unique perspective, learning to view the mundane in a new way and, above all, being inspired by the subject and wanting to tell its story.
“The best camera in the world is the one you have with you at the time.” I’m currently using a Nikon d3200; however a great many of the photos on these pages were taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 compact that I keep in my bag. I find the compact camera very useful for street photography and candid shots as it’s faster to set and is a little more discreet (people tend to act differently when they notice a great thumping lens being pointed in their direction). The only drawback is you don’t get the pin-sharp detail you get from a DSLR. I’m also a romantic about old cameras and film, I still cherish my very first Pentax in all its grainy-imaged glory!