My Shadow and Me
I’m hoping I’m not alone when I say, street photography is very hard. Actually, any photography is very hard. Especially if you want to tell a story with a pleasing composition and good lighting. Let alone ask for outstanding excellence. Or worse, come up with a unique and amazing work of art. And double worse, make it so I “own” it. Okay, triple worse, be consistent at it. Quadruple worse, images that define who I am and what I want to say or tell over a series. The masters have done it. Contemporaries have done it. The people whom I have interviewed have done it. But clearly at this point, it is way beyond my current abilities.
I have shot a little over a thousand photographs since my last post of my own work back in June: My 1st One Hit Wonder. Yet, I have just this image and maybe one other one to show.
Frustration is the best word to describe where I’m at right now. How can I sit for hours or walk for hours in a town(s) and not find anything to shoot or shoot absolutely nothing worth looking at? The question that came to mind is: Do I know what I’m looking for in an image? Or worse, what am I looking for in an image?
I expressed my sentiment to a street photography buddy friend of mine, Mario, whose work and opinion I respect tremendously. He wrote back to me saying that he totally understood what I was going through because it’s exactly what he goes through. And the reality is, sometimes, there’s just nothing worth shooting at all. Life isn’t special every second. I laughed on my back when I read it.
Mario also told me some great advice. Just keep my head open and clear- receptive for anything that might come. I shouldn’t over analyze the image. Just shoot it and look it over later with an unbiased mind. Sometimes I might be surprised.
When you think about it, Mario is right. When I look back at all the interviews I’ve done, almost every photographer has similar advice: Don’t think- Just shoot. This state of mind gives me hope. I am going to adopt it and not fret over the greatness of every shot. Armed with gusto- I’m going to shoot the dickens out of everything.
Thanks Mario. Thanks everyone. Thanks for the simple but poignant advice. Now off I go with my camera. Hope you’ll be shooting too.
both your hits are pretty good. keep at it.
thanks for the support mrfrankr!
A great little post, and a subject that we have all suffered with!!… If it was easy, everybody would be doing it! 🙂
LOL- you’re right Bob! Thanks for stopping by.
Keep your eyes open as well as your mind. I shoot everyday, whether it be my pets, flowers or just something random that catches my eye. Just don’t think so hard about it…you’ll surprise yourself!
Thanks for the advice Pam! Thanks for stopping by.
Thank you for this! This sentence particularly resonated with me: “How can I sit for hours or walk for hours in a town(s) and not find anything to shoot or shoot absolutely nothing worth looking at?” I’m so glad I’m not the only person who feels like that; I was beginning to lose confidence.
You’re not alone Cindy!
Super strong. The silhouette looks almost like it could be his shadow or anti-self. The pillars on either side act as solid frames, while their shadows really lead the eye in.
Thanks for the nice words.