Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A lengthy process

I have tens of thousands of images on my hard drives, including scanned negatives from when I had the ability to use an Imacon on a daily basis. Shooting negatives is still my preferred method of capture but of course access, cost, and time make that a null and void point and my process is changed because of that. I don't know where I'm going with that since the image below did not originate from a negative but only to remind me that I've been at this for a very long time. My intention to convey a message with an image which is a piece of a larger conversation, is like choosing the correct sentence or paragraph in a poem or book. Sometimes they just don't work out even though I may feel they're very, very close to hitting the nail on the head. Editing is crucial towards making a series work and often I see too many projects, too many images, and not enough edits on other artist's sites. It's a very, very difficult job that requires a great deal of scrutiny and the ability to stand back and remove yourself from your work personally. This process is even more challenging when you're working with the people you love the most.

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1 comment:

  1. I think that the ability to edit well is one of the things that separates a good photographer from a real artist. It's not that hard to take a competent or even a beautiful photograph. But making it mean something is very hard, and I think that with photography in particular, the interplay between individual images--or sometimes even between different series--is where the magic happens.

    Of course, it's more complicated than that, because single images can be magic, too. But maybe even that comes down to editing.

    I sometimes think I'm never going to figure out how to edit and sequence, so my respect for those who can is immense.


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