individuals within a series
I just read my first copy of Ag magazine, and there were just so many good things about it. It had a decent amount of reading in it, there were no gear reviews, there wasn’t a single “use your wide angle lens to add foreground interest to landscapes” or “how can I improve this picture I took of a squirrel in the park last weekend?”, and there was some really inspirational photography. All that, and not a single advert to be flicked past. It got even better on closer inspection – the writing actually had, well, it had humour! The news captions had a witty and lighthearted tone, they lamented the ridiculous notion of limited print editions in photography, Bill Jay ranted about war photography and censorship, and there was even a reference to Borat in one article – “Naaaaaice!!!” – now if that’s not a welcome break from pretentiousness and an excellent balance of seriousness then I don’t know what is…
Anyway, in reading the first article – about working on a project, or series of images where you have progressed from randomly snapping whatever catches your eye, having developed your technical and compositional skills to the extent of being second nature, and want to actually say something. It brought up the question in my mind: if a series of images amounts to more than the sum of its parts, can you take the individual images and still appreciate them singly? Or even, does that matter?
I’m just thinking, does the emphasis on visual strength become diminished when you work on a project, possibly in sacrifice for the sake of fitting into the series better? Do you lose the emphasis on individual quality, when concentrating on the strength of the subject and the story more?
I suppose I’ve kind of answered my own question in terms of the overall quality of a series or project will be greater, when the individual images are stronger, as well as tying in with the theme. Definitely something to bear in mind when considering a project.