The weather turned a little cold and very bright. So, I started chasing my project. I found an old house with a statue in front. The Virgin Mary protects the house. The house protects the occupants.
I don’t know much about this place. There were no cars in the street or in the short driveway so I couldn’t stop and ask. So, I just stopped and photographed. Maybe, I’ll go back.
The way I work on projects is to photograph everything that interests me. I don’t pre-edit. I really don’t edit any of my takes except to cherry pick for Storyteller.
I have no idea if the pictures I make will hang together as a story or if they are more of an art statement. Only marination and time will tell.
And, sometimes I’m not even sure if I made a good picture. When I’m really right in the field I don’t even remember what I did until I look at it on the monitor.
There are other ways of working. Studio photographers don’t waste as much gas as I do. Wedding photographers make more pictures of people than I do. Nature photographers, well I can’t imagine walking around in mud boots way too early in the morning.
What about you?
For those of you who are photographers, how do you like to work?
Working on this project is a cross between photojournalism and documentary photography.
That means I don’t experiment much. I make pictures of what I see. I may lighten, brighten or slightly enhance the color. That’s about it.
You sort of have to pick your place. A friend of mine does all this weird stuff to second liners and Indians. Another friend and I keep telling him to stop doing it. He doesn’t listen. Yet, when a picture of his shows up on a second line or Indian page it’s cleared up.
What do I know?
I have my beliefs. They’ve sharpened over forty plus years. They may not suit you.