KEEPING THE VINYARD
18 May 2012
I was once influenced by the Pictorialist. Alfred Stieglitz was one. They depicted the American landscape as an idyllic place. While I still adorn the land and take pretty pictures of it, I also take photos of the not so beautiful aspects of scenery. Digital photography and its immediacy offered me this opportunity to further divorce myself away from the tendency to only take photos of what lies outside of me...that is i seldom take pictures of the work one puts into making the land ex capable....In this practice, I document how one can still adorn his framing while documenting the mundane.
2) take the camera way from your eyes..using auto focus aim the camera at something snap
3) get yourself in this is your yard
4) turn the camera vertical for good vertical shots
5) do not think...fire away the moment the idea comes
6) use color (learn your complimentary colors)
7) use everything. Do not think of beautiful objects
8) don't edit...these are raw images)
9) watch out for debris...treasure your camera
Since so many former journalist have become photographers, they tend to approach the world as a place to better understand rather than to merely celebrate in a vacation sense. Even travel photography tends to engage in the disposal of myths stereotypes and prejudices. You can only improve your photography by unleashing your willingness to engage. To apply yourself not to a photographic tradition but to your camera and the moment.
In this exercise I felt liberated from my use of film and my tendency to count frames. I wanted to let go and do this with care. While with film frames equal pennies to what does light cost when I weigh it against a day in my life? An adherence to old prejudices and practices hinders the development of my craft at taking pictures reverent to my time. Even as I once abhorred the arrival of digital images and the passing away of film, I began to feel confined in my mind. Others were getting out and re-presenting their impulses. I may be a frustrated purist at heart but what matters more is that I not forget about my place in the world and that as a member of the human race I owe something to my photography. I own it my blood sweat and tears. Thus the tasks I engage in, though blue collar and mundane as it may be..it too may be picture worthy. I offer thee 10 points to others while I engage in finding out.