There is room in photography for differing points of view. These reflect my photographic point of view. It is nothing new, it’s as old as photography itself. However, it not a point of view that you will generally discover in a camera club, on an Internet forum or in most how-to books. Am I an outstanding photographer? Absolutely not. It is not a matter of being outstanding or mediocre; it’s a matter of bringing something of value to my life regardless of my photographic abilities.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Projects, Sketches, Drafts
In his Vision is
Better 2 ebook, duChemin writes about projects and creativity. In the
article Begin Again he says something
that I personally need to take to (my procrastinating) heart. He is writing
about all the “creative” projects that we think up—the ones we put into over
stuffed Moleskine notebooks or just fill the recesses of our wandering minds, the
ones that we lay awake at night to mull over and over, the ones that constantly
nag at our heart as well as our inner eye.
“Pick a personal project. Perhaps it’s one of many – too
many – that you’ve got on little pieces of paper and stored in the “One day I’d
like to…” part of your brain. Pick one. Don’t deliberate. Pick one. Now do it.
Don’t start tomorrow or next week. Begin now. If it’s a project about coffee
shops in your end of town, grab you camera, a 50mm lens and go scout it. Don’t
come back until you’ve got some images and a list of shots you want. And a
timeline. Stop talking about your great ideas. Make them happen.”
In Go to the Writers
he suggests that photographers are visual people, maybe not all that good with
words. He mentions a number of very good books on the creative process written
by writers and makes his own recommendations.
“Creation is almost always messy. Because we are messy. If
your plan is to from Point A (no photograph) to Point B (iconic photograph
which will define my career and on which I will retire fabulously wealthy) then
you’re in for a shock. If there is such a transition at all, it’s from Point A
to Point Z. And in between are the shitty first drafts, the sketch images.”
“I can’t bypass the sketches or crappy first drafts. Those lesser images aren’t in the way of me
creating the better work; they are the way of me creating better work.
Don’t sabotage your process, wait it out, and in the meantime; give the sketch
images their room to be crappy images, let them out, look at them, play with
them. Don’t let them discourage you, let them bring you to your better images.”