Archive for May, 2010

May 25, 2010

DreamingĀ Tree

by donnor

I have always loved looking at photographers contact sheets, it’s just like looking into their thought process. To be able to see how they work, execute, problem solve their way through what is presented before them. Getting the shot is only the beginning; recognizing it in the edit and choosing it is the next step. When I look at the contact sheet above I see a lot of images I like, they each could probably work, but the way I edit is by comparing them to each other. Try and find out the one that is the strongest among themselves, and when that is done you will be left with the best image. The next part in editing is knowing what you want to say or trying to say with the image, if you understand that you will be able to edit faster and never second guess yourself. When I was looking at the contact sheet of Dreaming Tree, I realized hope and loss was the thought presenting itself, and then knew instantly what image captured that the best. Once the image was selected, getting it to the final print as seen below is accomplished by being patient and open to what the image needs. There is no better way to explain it than simply; I knew what the image had to become, but forced nothing, I let it live and take me where the image wanted to go.

By slowing down, listening, thinking, and being present with your work, a path will present itself for you to follow.

Then you put on your creative boots and follow it wherever it leads… always and uninhibited!

May 21, 2010

Before the last Friday

by donnor

Jesters and Jokers gather round for it is time to let loose and explore what photography might bring. I want to propose a challenge, an exercise that I have students do when they are creatively a burnt piece of toast. Whatever your normal routine is, whatever you always look for, or whatever you always worry about technically with your equipment… simply throw it the hell out of the window this weekend!… This summer I have the pleasure of teaching the young photographers at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and something they teach me every time is… There are no rules, none, nada, there is no correct color, there is no correct contrast, there is no correct exposure, essentially all of the mechanics of photography is shit on your spectacles that blocks your vision. These kids are so fun to be with, because they have no preconceived notion for what should or should not be a photograph, they do not talk themselves out of making a picture, and they do not worry about the significance of their subjects. In turn, with this mantra they always carry; their images become the most significant, because they are purely from the most important piece of equipment…

Their hearts.

So loosen up, and breath through your eyelids this weekend!