|The George Dannatt Trust|
Encouraged by his father Dannatt took seriously to this branch of observation at about age fourteen. 'Seriously' because, in those days, photography was hard work. Heavy glass plates were loaded into 'holders' in total darkness. In the darkroom they were unloaded and developed and then, when dry, were printed either directly or in the enlarger.
As the industry
grew film-packs in lieu of plates were introduced, then actual roll film.
But for the serious photographer the whole process remained in his own
hands: black and white, of course, (still the preferred medium) but
never any question, indeed any possibility, of snap and produce an immediate
result. All this was good training for close observation, care, selectivity.