When I was at the Magnum workshop, one of the issues that came to the forefront was my shooting style. It became clearer that I was editing before shooting. By this I mean that I was deciding if something would make a perfect image before I would photograph it and it was paralyzing me. When the time came to selecting images to show each day, I would have just a handful from which to choose. By the last day, I am sure Larry Towell was quite exasperated with me. I have discussed this issue before with Ray and we came to the conclusion that the problem is that I am listening to too many voices in my head and they are preventing me from just being spontaneous.
Upon my return from Magnum, Ray gave me a whole new assignment. I had to make 15 images a day every day–with my iPhone. Now I know that people have different reasons for shooting with an iPhone, “the best camera is the one you have with you” being one of the most popular. I have to say though I haven’t heard of too many people using the iPhone with the goal of being “unedited“–at least that is how I am looking at this new assignment. I must admit that I have not kept up with the assignment in terms of 15 images every day but I have been shooting more and guess what? I think it’s working.
Today I want to introduce you to a new mini-blog I started a couple of weeks ago. You can find the mini-chronicles here and there is also a hard link in the list below. For now it will be exclusively for my iPhone images and will be very light on words. I will also post more frequently to that blog than I do over here. The image I posted yesterday on this blog was shot with my iPhone and processed in Lightroom. Today’s image was also taken with my iPhone but it was processed using Camera+ followed by some slight adjustments in Lightroom. Each of the images on the mini-blog are the closest you will see of me being spontaneous and photographing intuitively. With the iPhone I don’t have time to listen to those voices in my head and I just need to frame and press the shutter. I know this seems contradictory to what many people suggest i.e. slowing down, but frankly I’ve never had a problem doing that with my DSLR.
I do feel a growing confidence in my ability to make more good photographs that reflect my intention and my voice. The challenge will be to transfer what is happening with my iPhone to how I photograph overall.