Assignment no.2 has been dispensed, and the theme is street photography/the moment. Two very different things, yet very similar. Over the past two years I’ve spent a lot of time looking at photographs, probably way too much time.
I now have a vast record of street/moment images stored in my head. Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden, Tony Ray Jones, Joel Meyerowitz, and Trent Parke, to name but a few. What good is this mental library of images? Will they help improve my photography?
Looking at all of those images has helped me somewhat to recognise what makes a good photograph, the preparation, and sometimes, luck involved. The time has come to put these images in the background and try let my voice, my viewpoint, emerge in my photographs; to try and develop some kind of recognisable personal style.
I am reminded of a quote which came to me via Bruce Parry’s Arctic series. The words came from a Siberian shaman, and somehow, at this moment, they feel relevant:
“try to think less and feel more, try to ignore the endless barrage of information”