Developing a vision

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Shadows of a gate

Now that I have solved my film developing woes I can concentrate on the vision of my photography. I read an excellent article by George Barr on Luminous Landscape entitled ‘Taking Your Photography To The Next Level’. In Part 3 of that series, Mr Barr writes,

‘It seems to me that to start, you are looking for scenes which have an emotional impact on you. Then you go about trying to show that somehow. If on the other hand, you see something and think it will make an interesting composition, no matter how carefully you line things up, no matter how subtle the lighting, fine the detail, delicate the shadows – it’s unlikely to create a reaction in it’s viewers which you didn’t see first. First you find the interest, then you find the picture, not the other way round‘.

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The curse of competency

Jim Collins, author of the book ‘Good To Great’ said in the book,

‘Good is the enemy of great’,

What that means is that being good at something (or even recognising that you are good at something) you can fall into what he calls the curse of competency and once that happens, you may eliminate any hopes of becoming great. I try to think about that in relation to my photography and in my life in general. I have never been truly satisfied with my photography. Always thinking of doing something better. Always wishing I had done this angle and that angel. Always lamenting about the shot that got away or that I should have moved just a little bit to the left. A great example is my portrait shoot of Altin Tafilaj. I spent an afternoon at his place and took a series of portraits. When I got home and started post production work, the doubts and insecurities started to creep in. Arghhhh. I should have done this. I should have done that.

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