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Three stories with a lot to teach creative photographers.

I've been working on a book about creativity in photography for a long time, about a year writing and thirty years before that figuring it out. I'll be posting links to chapters from time to time, and this is the first link, though it's a actually a later chapter.

It begins like this:

Why do we take pictures? To have pictures? I doubt that. Look at the overwhelming number of pictures that people take and upload every day. We probably have quite enough to last us a long while.

So what, what, WHAT is it that so compels us about taking a photo that is really good, really alive? What does making that kind of picture do for you? Or to you? In you? Does it happen even if no one else sees it?

Is having a wonderful picture occur like what happens when something you’re struggling to write suddenly stands up and speaks on its own? Or when you heave yourself over the edge of a tall rock wall, collapse and lie there breathing the sunset light? Or when you work out a beautiful way to show something that is not beautiful at all? 

Where do we go when we do these things? 

And who comes back, the same person? Or someone else?

Read the rest of the chapter here. It's called Ways Photography Works...On Us, and if you have any response or thoughts, let me know. .


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    Three stories with a lot to teach creative photographers. - Journal - Sean Kernan: creativity...and photography
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brought tears, and a persistent lump to the throat of me; curiosity, courage, caring, sensitivity and commitment to your craft of the space for creativity make you one of my three or four heroes, Sean.
Thank You.
(oh.. and generous)

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwayne

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