How to practice

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How to practice
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I was asked in this forum about one of the Ansel Adams Friends of Photography workshops that I attended in 1983. In preparation for answering the question, I consulted a notebook that I used for every workshop I've taken. My first session was with Ruth Bernhard, who had brought her assistant, Michael Kenna, along.

One of the things I wrote down:

How to practice:

  • Be quiet -- hear
  • Allow yourself to be so touched by something so completely that you can't talk yourself out of it.
  • Go alone.
  • Leave plenty of time.
  • Return to the places that work for you.
  • Don't let yourself become callused or immune to places, things, situations.
  • Don't intellectualize; photograph life, not things.
  • Don't photograph for your audience.
  • You can keep some photographs secret.
  • Expose means reveal.
  • Don't reveal what is already known.
  • Find your own poem.
  • Nothing is finished; everything is in the process of becoming.

Good advice.

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