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April 6, 2007

Food For Thought

Filed under: Photography,Process/Learning — chantal @ 9:48 am

I’ve read quite a few things lately that have stuck with me, that have me thinking…

Paul Butzi recently wrote about Contemplation , getting ‘in the zone’, so to speak, while photographing. I love that feeling…the Flow–when everything feels right, the light is perfect, suddenly being able to SEE everything, as if for the first time. Just lovely. Don’t limit yourself to just that essay though, read everything he’s written this past week…all really good stuff.

Mark Hobson wrote about The Landscapist being a place to discuss the act of ‘thinking about photography’, the process, the art of it, instead of simply gear. A beautiful notion. Aside from just figuring out how to use the equipment I have, I couldn’t care less about any discussion involving gear, the pros, cons, what’s better. Some of the best pictures I ever took were with an old, manual SLR that my Dad bought for me used for less than $100 about 20 years ago.

Christian Patterson has a post called Different vs. The Same, which is interesting in itself, but what struck me most was a comment made by Dave Greenwood, who called photography an ‘intelligent pursuit’. Hardly a new thought, but intriguing nonetheless. It seems we photographers spend an awful lot of time discussing many things photo-related: process, contemplation, method, craft, even equipment. There’s the scientific side of photography which one can spend a lifetime studying, then there’s the artistic side, which one can spend a lifetime chasing.

Hmmm….interesting indeed.

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5 Comments »

  1. I couldn’t agree more.
    This strip captures my feelings/frustration with tech focused photographers.

    Comment by Will — April 7, 2007 @ 1:29 am | Reply

  2. I couldn’t care less about any discussion involving gear

    I couldn’t agree more.
    This strip captures my feelings/frustration with tech focused photographers.

    Comment by Will — April 7, 2007 @ 1:31 am | Reply

  3. Chantal, that is the why I don’t belong to a camera/photo club right now. I went to a few meetings, but, for the most part, it was all about equipment. It got boring in a hurry.

    I think that it was Paul who talked about a small group that he had been a part of for many, many years. They met at each other’s houses, shared their newest work, shared ideas, and just has a good time. I’d love to have a group like that. They met every 2 weeks, I believe.

    Comment by charlottekings — April 10, 2007 @ 5:29 am | Reply

  4. BTW, it’s me, Paul Lester. It seems that I was logged into my other site, for our basketball team, The Charlotte Kings and it used that log in for the previous comment.

    Comment by charlottekings — April 10, 2007 @ 5:31 am | Reply

  5. There are a couple rather large camera clubs here in Columbus….I’ve been a member of both but quickly became discouraged and quit both groups. All they seemed to care about was gear, very little discussion about content and art. I was also struck by how few women belonged to these groups. And all I was ever asked is if I’d be willing to model. Uhh, no.

    Comment by Chantal — April 10, 2007 @ 10:00 am | Reply


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