shooting in depth
I‚Äôve been thinking about starting a project with a particular subject in mind, with the idea that by studying one thing more closely, I will gain more understanding of it and produce better pictures as a result. But although I take this to be inherently true, I‚Äôm still interested in figuring out how it applies in a situation different from the one where, say, you want to shoot a particular species of flower or bird and by knowing more about it you can orchestrate a better situation for getting a great picture of it.
What kind of understanding of something less specialised, or just more familiar, can we have that will result in a better image?
Or even – what kind of understanding can we gain by making more, and different images of that subject? It’s a bit of a chicken/egg situation I think.
I know a certain element comes from exhausting the obvious shots, and finding a new perspective. But isn‚Äôt there a reason that the obvious shots are so obvious? Are we really going to find something beautiful and unseen beyond that which intuitively works?
Are we looking for non visual understanding – is it something that inherently will come across in the pictures, or is it just the photographer who benefits?
Oh dear, nothing but questions. Still, writing them down helps clarify what I‚Äôm actually trying to figure out, and so my subconscious will work on the solutions in the background while I‚Äôm doing all that boring stuff like driving to work, or washing my hair. Or maybe someone reading this might even be able to come up with an answer or two‚Ä¶