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Wednesday, 31 May 2017


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Well, there's no guarantee as to time- no matter how sincere. But if you continue to make the effort- it'll come, it will come...

Well said, Thank You.
Along the same lines I have always loved the way Chuck Close put it

"Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere."

"To come on the place and to feel: In this place there is a picture waiting for me."
-Josef Koudelka


I agree that the most important part is being "out there" with a camera. (red lanyard optional)


"The best pictures arrive uninvited" - Jane Bown.

Might have paraphrased that JB quote a bit......

I went out to the mountains yesterday intending to wild camp on a hill top to get the late sunset. The forecast was ideal. I haven't taken a really good shot for a while so this was going to be it. It rained. And rained. I didn't bother with the camping, just got in my car and made the long drive home. Maybe next week.

It doesn't have to be "always"; it can just be "often enough". For an "art" photographer it might, possibly, be good enough to get a couple or three new portfolio pictures each year (they, you, get to decide; but their hobby or career might be sustainable at that level, which is one definition of "good enough").

You do get to define "often enough" for yourself, of course. The people who I think have some grounds for anxiety are wedding photographers, who have to bring back results that please their clients every single time out of a chaotic and uncontrolled environment. (I've done a very few weddings, including some for complete strangers, not just friends.)

The best picture is the one I'm going to take tomorrow. Yeah - have faith! Awesome message.

I agree with Ralph Gibson. The pictures are out there. However I try to make sure I am not looking for anything specific. I just have to keep a receptive mind.

There's always another picture.

I have to agree Mike. I learned long ago, if I'm not happy with my photography the best thing to do is pick up the camera and go out and shoot. Maybe throw yourself a curveball, put an inappropriate lens on the camera or something to throw yourself off. The important thing is to actually press the shutter. Don't worry if you take a few trite shots, keep shooting, a few frames of film isn't a big hit and on digital their free, don't be cheap! Next thing you know you likely will be on to something, if not try again tomorrow. If you don't press that shutter you never will get another shot to be proud of.

You've sparked a somewhat different take on finishing a great book for me; certain kinds of really great books can be kind of maddening to me, if there's nothing (or very little) else that is as good.

I'm haunted, for example, by John le Carré's two great Cold War masterpieces, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People. No other espionage novels have ever really come close, no matter how often book jacket blurbs, publisher ads, and book reviewers say so. I almost wish I hadn't read them (10 times each, by now, I think) because their greatness makes all other spy stories pale in comparison. I want that amazing feeling that Tinker, Tailor gives you when you first read it, and I've never found it anywhere else. So part of me is perversely resentful of the book, and of le Carré himself.

I have similar, if less intense, feelings about (some, not all) of the crime stories and novels of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

I don't feel the same way about great non-genre books (fiction or non-fiction), for some reason, and I don't feel it about great photographs or books of photographs, either.

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