>>> Street Photography eXchange #48 <<<

Started Jun 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: What's fascinating
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Hulamike wrote:

What's fascinating is that no one is commenting on the subject of this image; that sweet, serene, contemplative face. (Look @ original size). What are we seeing through her eyes? What is she seeing? That's the real question here, not a false horizon line debate.

That may very well be what you want us to see, and to some extent we do.  But your job is to make us see it with intensity and grace.   And that you have not done.

Look, we humans are creatures with free will and with souls.   Whenever our soul bids our free will to undertake something creative and worthwhile, there are spirits that hate us, that hate the beauty of man that suggest to us 1001 reasons not to undertake, or move forward in such endeavors.  These enemies are not nice, and they don't play fair.  Being invisible spirits, they have access to our minds. They specialize in lies, and they are wearisome in trying out lies that we are most likely to believe.

Any creative person has to deal with this struggle on at least a daily basis.

One of these lies is that the act of artistic creation is complete in and of itself -- to click the shutter, put words on paper, and so forth is all we need to do.   This never works, in any field.   The fact is that we have to fail to succeed.   Each time a street photographer goes out to shoot, failure is his constant companion, and he has to gain a deep acceptance of loss if he is going to continue.  And the original photo, in this day and age, is only the beginning of a process of perfecting what the image is trying to create.

Each and every one of us has to come to terms with the fact that the photo is something different from both the feeling that inspired it and the scene that was captured.   This is the cornerstone of "professionalism" for a street photographer (which has nothing to do with money, alas, but has to do with seriousness of purpose.)   It is not easy to let others critique your work and, even better, to leverage that into becoming the best critic of your own work.   But that is the way forward.

HCB said to a critic who wanted to see his proof sheets, that each proof sheet had 36 sins he needed to confess.

Talent doesn't matter.   There is nothing one can do about it, and thinking about it is only a distraction.

All that matters is going forward and doing the work needed to become better.

People are telling you the truth, with goodwill, to encourage you to shoot better.   Why would you not want that?

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Frank
shot in downtown Manhattan.
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