I could write some words to try and convince you how awesome the Ben Thomas x Rat & Co Create & Explore video is. But I probably couldn’t do it justice. I’ll just say that your won’t regret spending the 2 minutes and 53 seconds watching it and if you do there is something wrong with you, seriously.
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Quality comes from quantity.
Wether or not this is true for anyone else is debatable. I know my first 10,000 photos were undoubtedly my worst, they were terrible and utterly forgettable. The point is that it takes a lot of practice to become any good at photography and The only way to get good is to make photos… lots of photos.
Terribly sad news about Leonard Nimoy. I had no idea he was an accomplished photographer. I recommend watching the whole interview (but I’m biased because I love Star Trek and Leonard Nimoy) but if you just want the photography part then skip forward to 11:21 but you are a fool if you do.
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.