I’m not saying digital photography is bad, but it seems like everyone is developing a digital attitude. It’s as if they think all they have to do is abbreviate what they do. That, and art has come into fashion, so everyone is trying to use techniques to turn what they’re making into art.
Everyone seems to think that pictures of nothing special have low levels of expression, or are some how wrong, but in fact that is the most important thing. It’s the world, the photographic subject, that is doing the expressing, and the photographer has to remember that he is the one who has the privilege to be capturing that expression. Using the subject or the era or something to mould something, that’s not the essence of photography.
I say this every year, but a sense of love for the subject isn’t there, I feel it’s getting more and more diluted. There are a lot of works with pictures of people dying, but I think people should stop making that kind of stuff. Or if they do make it, don’t send it to this contest. More than that, what’s important now is to take pictures at a moment where the subject is vibrant and alive.
More than technique or expression, first get a sense for the person and cherish the time together with them. The person right in front of you is much more important than any kind of grand concepts. If you can remember that, the result will come naturally.
I think maybe everyone has convinced themselves that they know how the world works, or that they can see what is coming next. But if you just keep shooting, you’ll eventually figure it out. To keep on shooting is to embrace life.❞