Inspirations are important. If you are an aspiring street photographer you want to get inspired to get better. Right?
How do you do that? There is only one way: The hard way.
In stead of holding on to checklists and other soft information that comes in buckets, you do it the hard way.
The hard way is picking specific photographs from master photographers, that you like a lot, and let yourself be inspired.
You say: I want one of these.
Find your photographer(s). Select a few photographs that you like and let yourself be inspired. Here it means more than just looking at it, jaws dropping. You need to work with them.
First thing you want do is to memorize the admired photograph. You can even bring a copy with you in your pocket. That is the HCB way.
You have to be able to see the concept through the actual photo. What you want to have in your own portfolio is a photo based on the concept. Not a copy of the original.
Work the small coin way. One or a few mentor shots at the time. Remember it is not the number of photographs that makes you good, but the very few that you do extraordinarily good.
Extraordinarily good, means that you are (way) beyond ordinary.
You are bound to make blunders. When you do you are on the right way.
I have several mentor works. I need one of those, I said to myself some years back.
Here they are: HCB Sunday at the Banks of Marne (1938); HCB L’Aquila degli Abruzzi (1951); HCB Bruxelles (1932); Robert Frank Parade Hobroken (19xx).
It is more or less an accident that I have those as mentor shots. It has to do with the fact that these are from books that I first studied.
There are some inspirationals in this workbook. I have to link to them later. But the one you see here already now is an inspirational, for sure.
My sure. Not necessarily your sure.
© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. 17/01/14
French translation (to come).
This is a draft chapter to the workbook New Street Agenda. There is a workshop connected to it: New Street Agenda, Berlin June 12 – 15, 2014. If you are interested, please ask for more information at email@example.com or use the contact form below.
Good luck with it.
This post is in category New Street Agenda.