The life of a photographer, even of a great photographer as they say, two seconds… more or less. – William Klein
The above quote is from the start of the video and is William Klein discussing the length of a photographers photographic life through their photos. The idea is that if you take all of the great photos that a photographer takes they will be equal to one or two seconds, those one or two seconds are the life of a photographer.
William Klein shares some of his contact sheets and talks about the photos and photography.
A painter starts with a blank canvas and paints a scene with their brushes and paints. An author starts out with a blank page and writes a scene with their pen and paper or computer. A photographer starts out with a complete scene, the photographer’s job is to put a frame around that scene and make a photo with the camera to give a sense of order and meaning to what they see. Or do photographers simply just take a photo of what they see?
‘You don’t take a photograph, you make it.’
– Ansel Adams
Is there a difference between ‘taking’ and ‘making’ a photo? Indeed there is. I have thought a lot about taking photos and making photos, this is my conclusion.
It’s hard to conflate photography and videography but that’s what it feels like Elephant Gun’s Khalik Allah tries in his “Field Niggas” documentary. If you pause the film at any time that frame could stand on it’s own and be a great photograph. “Field Niggas” is a raw, rough, gritty, almost disturbing at times, and occasionally beautiful look at the inhabitants of the streets of Harlem in NYC.
I decided to leave Facebook years ago and I don’t miss it at all not one little bit, I have never regretted my decision to leave not for a nanosecond.
Yesterday I signed up to a new social network, Ello.
I’ll be posting photos and other stuff exclusively on Ello, stuff you won’t find on this web site, Flickr, Twitter or anywhere else except on Ello. Hit me up and come say hello on Ello!