Letters to my Friends

Letters to My Friends

Thoughts on photography and Life


About the Book

Letters To My Friends is a compilation of open letters to various photographers, written over 10 years and previously published on Tony Bridge’s website.

This book is very much a reflection of thought over time, revealing conclusions made by an artist who has reached a maturity of thought, honed powers of expression and achieved genuine self-awareness.

These letters address questions put to him by photographers about their own photographic journey, all essentially asking how does a creative person discern their own place along the path from beginner to mastery?

Each letter addresses a specific question, and the nine letters, a few of which have never been made publicly available until now, attempt to provide a way for readers to measure their own progress on the road.

“Somewhere, somehow, along the way,” Tony writes, “and for any manner of reasons, people began to ask my advice. I realised very early that it was a dangerous thing. I opted to try and be the best salve I could.”

Tony brings 38 years of experience as a master photographer, artist and photo-educator to a book full of wisdom, insight and spirituality, one which will appeal to photographers at all levels; amateur, professional and fine art, and in fact, any photographer seeking to speak with his/her own voice.

Project Option: Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
# of Pages: 92


Hardcover, Dust Jacket: 9781388915728

Softcover: 9781388915704

Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781388915711

·  Publish Date: Feb 05, 2018

Paddy Fields, Yunnan Province, China, Hokianga 2013

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Tihei mauri ora

Ko IO te matua

Ko Tangaroa raua ko Tāwhirimātea raua ko Tāne Mahuta ngā atua

Ko te tiirairaka me te kahu me te tohora ngā kaitiaki

I te taha o toku papa

Ko Pukerangatira ki Tauwhare te maunga

Ko Hokianga te moana

 Ko Punehu te awa

Ko Matawhaorua te waka

Ko Waiparera te marae

Ko Te Rarawa te iwi

Ko Tahaawai te hapu

Ko Paiaha te whānau

I te taha o toku mama

Ko Takitimu te maunga

Ko Awarua te moana

Ko Ōreti te awa

Ko Endeavour te waka

Ko Ngāti Wikitoria te iwi

Ko Groves te hapu

Ko Fox te whānau

Ko Tony Bridge toku ingoa

He tu poto tēnei

Ki te whakautu

Nga mihi kua mihia.

Tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna koutou katoa.

Ki ngā aihua maha

Haere, haere, haere.

Who I am

Behold my right to speak

IO is the  Creator

Tangaroa, Tāwhirimātea and Tāne Mahuta are my gods

The fantail, hawk and albatross are my guides

On my father’s side

Pukerangatira to Tauwhare is the mountain

Hokianga is the ocean

Punehu is the river

Matawhaorua is the canoe

Waiparera is my marae

Te Rarawa is my  tribe

Tahaawai is my hapu

Paiha is my family

On my mother’s side

Takitimu is my mountain

Awarua is the water

Ōreti is my river

Endeavour is my canoe

Victorian settlers is my tribe

Groves is my sub-tribe

Fox is my family

I am Tony Bridge

I stand for a short time

To speak to you

My respects to those who have spoken

Greetings, greetings to you, greetings to all of you

To those who have gone before

Welcome, welcome, welcome.