Self-censorship doesn't sit well with me, but I thought I would give these posts some time to see if I still thought the same way. I do so here they are.
Plus who says its the decisive moment? and therefore a moment that renders everything else as irrelevant. In most cases we haven't seen the moment before or the moment after, Or 5 minutes before or three days after. There are billions of moments in any day when events, people and objects in the world combine to produce fantastic compositions but almost all of them will go unrecorded and disappear into history without ever being captured by a photographer. Plus whatever happened to the Photo-Essay?
And then there is of course the somewhat difficult matter of just how "spontaneous" some of these "decisive moments" are. There are lots of questions about some of the worlds most famous pictures, and I'm in no position to comment on the veracity of those that people question. However many of Bill Brandts "social docmentary" shots were set up using people he knew. And there are certainly questions about some of Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bressons pictures. The famous shot of raising the flag on Iwo Jima is another example. Doesn't mean they aren't great pictures, and there is more to creativity than just pressing the shutter at the right time, because if there isn't that makes us little more than trained monkeys.
One of my intentions with this blog, apart from entertaining people for a few minutes every day is to constantly question photographic dogma and the cliches that seem to get repeated as nauseum. We all have to make our decisions as to what works for us, what we want to use, and how we want to use it. I believe that photographs are in our heads and not out there in the world, and that we make them rather than take them.
Great photographs aren't waiting like big game and for us to track them down, great photographs are created by photographers who visualise something different, something nobody else has. This can happen in an instant on a pavement or over time in a studio. We don't "miss" great photographs, we just haven't created them yet.
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