The Stare

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The Stare / iPhone 4s / Snapseed

An experiment:

Are you wondering who you are as a photographer? Trying to find your own voice, your style? Try this: take a little road, trip or a walk. An hour or two. Carry only a polaroid camera.

Take the same trip with a single, long, lens. Over a period of days, try it with just your smartphone. Then with just a medium lens.

Do it again; this time with a wide angle lens only. Once more; shooting video.

You might even want to try an old super eight movie camera.

Try a couple of cameras you’re most familiar with, then a couple you’re least comfortable with.

Try the most expensive gear you can get your hands on, then the least expensive you can find.

Put them all in one folder on your computer. Leave them for a month or two.

Then go back and look through them. You just might find your true self in the process.

~

“Gosh, I would love to be a better writer, but all I have is a pencil.

Now, if only I had an IBM electric typewriter, or at least a sterling silver Mont Blanc fountain pen with gold filigree, I could write a great novel!”

Sound familiar, photographers?

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