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Monday, 13 October 2014

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I'd really like to read that interview!

I'm a self-taught photographer, an introvert, and a misanthrope, so I had zero interaction with other photographers until I'd been taking pictures for more than a decade. When I first got to know some other photographers, I was shocked by their thinking. It went no further than "that's a cool picture" or "that could be a cool picture." When they put groups of photos together, the whole was always less than the sum of its parts. There was never any editing and never any consideration for coherence or pace, merely "geting all the good ones in".

I'm very project-driven. Have been practically from day one. Every picture I take has to fit somewhere in one of the webs of photos I've constructed, and if it doesn't, I think about what kinds of pictures I need to take to make it fit. It seems obvious to me that if you're a photographer, you take pictures--pictures plural--and they all go together somehow. A photo on its own is like a word or sentence in isolation. It might be good. It might even be great. But it's probably not as good as it could be with context and structure around it.

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