Have you ever heard of an idea that a good photographer should be able to catch a perfect shot with a minimal number of clicks? I have, and I was also kind of embarrassed to admit, that I make MANY clicks. About 300 for a fine art shoot with a final result of one image. And about 3000-4000 for a client shoot. However, recently I came across of an idea that all those shots are actually drafts for the final image I want to have. Look at it this way: no one expects a writer, like say @officialjkrowling to write a book in just one sitting. It has always been considered the right thing to do for painters, to make thousands of sketches before completing the final work. Think of Picasso’s work on Guernica for example. But photographers are somehow expected to get everything in just a blink of an eye. 📸
Yes, Henri Cartier-Bresson did do it and I’ll be forever admiring his art of being able to get his genius shots fast. However, if you’re not like that, there’s no point of blaming yourself. Everyone has his own creating process. So, when you treat your clicks as drafts it gives you mental freedom. You actually appreciate taking them, as these drafts, these mistakes, allowed you to get a great final image as a result.
It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to work with the limitations that analogue photographer’s have to work with. It can help you grow. Yet, we have different technologies today, so they do make our processes quite different.
What’s your take on that? Have you ever tried analogue photography? or at least putting yourself in a position, when your shots are limited and each one has to be perfect from the very beginning?
This is my most favorite of the works shot recently. I’m really happy with it.
Thanks to the model 💙 @iren_show
and my brave assistant @_lovinphoto_ for making this happen.