Wednesday, 10 March 2010

this blog

So I promised to come back and tell you a few more things on this project which started the blog. In the meantime, I decided I would continue the blog, now without a particular project in mind… other than having a blog on photography and trying to become a photographer. And this being a blog, and me being me, we're already way behind schedule with this post…


About the "take and post a picture every day" project…it all started with the recommendation of a tutor: "use your camera every day!". When I started complaining that there weren't so many interesting things happening in my life every day worth picturing, he told me: "if you'd know how many pics I've taken of my toes in bed, in the morning…".


I was later criticized for making a blog out of it, should've remained a silent, personal exercise they said… but me being me, I knew I needed some "external" pressure to keep this project going. So I started posting them here…


And it was a truly great experience. I feel I've evolved on both a technical and an "artistical" level. I don't see myself as an artist, but I've learned a lot of "seeing" in these five months.


When deciding to start this project, I had noticed I was too often shooting in P-mode (program), i.e. automatic settings chosen by the camera. And this ruined several pictures on an important trip, so the technical exercise started being about only shooting in M-mode. It keeps your mind going, it makes you take a different look at the world around, and, most important, it makes (you take) better pictures…


I have a 9 to 5 job where I cannot use the camera. So I often had to rely on the few hours left in the morning and evening to find that daily picture. Sure enough, there have been times when I "cheated", took a picture of my dinner plate and that was it… luckily I have a talented girlfriend who knows how to make dinner plates look wonderful (and gorgeously tasty), so you might have not noticed the cheat :P


But in these few hours I had left, I took the camera with me everywhere, something I had stopped doing years ago. And I learned to look and see, and I think this is the most valuable thing I take with me from this project. It has now become a constant exercise for me. I know these are things from the textbooks for beginners in photography, but I am so glad to have rediscovered them for myself… through this blog.


I now only shoot raw.


I want to shoot more on film, started experimenting with a Liubitel medium format and definitely want to process my own bw films.


In the next days I will try to put together a selections of images I like most from this period of time, as a conclusion to the project, and in the meantime will concentrate (and write here about) new personal projects but also other interesting photography related things found lying around…

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