Snap-Overture | The View Finder
So this weekend I didn’t visit a provincial park or go to any destination, I stayed home but still had a productive weekend. This was a different kind of production, more retrospective than anything, looking back on my photos of the past 2 trip I made with my friends and the images that were produced from the trip. I ended up with a conclusion that, I took over 600 pictures from my trips to Nopiming and Rushing River, but only came back with a handful of publishable images. Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with that, nor is it uncommon to take a lot of photos when you’re an amateur, but I know I want to become a different kind of photographer.
A photographer that shoots every shot possible is not a bad photographer, nor can it be classifed as “amateur” because it is a technique, higher yield of photos means higher chance of success, but I don’t think I want to continue doing this. See, for me the issue is I love photography, and find it fun to take pictures of EVERYTHING, like a kid in a candy store, my brain goes into overdrive and I forget all the things I have learned about photography and I just go into a snap-overture.
Now though, upon this weekend retrospect, I want to become a photographer that goes into the field and thinks methodically before taking a photo, looking into the frame at the elements making up the photograph. Which is essentially a 180 degree turn from the way I shoot now, but I hope it will help me cultivate a more mature portfolio. I like my photos, but I don’t love them, and I hope there will never be a time that I look at one of my photos and think to myself, “Well there it is, can’t get much better than this”, because it is at that point where complacency strikes, and when you become complacent, it becomes difficult to grow and mature. Next time I go out into the field (literal or figurative) I will be thinking methodically about all the applicable principles of photography that make up my composition, and if the story I am trying to portray isn’t there, to pack up and try again in a different spot.
I am thankful for this weekend of reprieve because it has allowed me to grow. Understanding that it is okay to not take a photo if the narrative isn’t there. That returning back from a photo excursion without an photos isn’t a bad thing, because only so much fits in my view finder. That photography isn’t about luck or a press of a button, but it is about story, it is about emotion, it is about evoking a human experience within a scene. Transforming your thought process into a 2D image. Whether landscape, street, portrait, macro, or abstract (etc.)
Photography is lit.