Still Life in a Diner
It is often suggested that we pre-visualize the photograph. But sometimes when just playing around, a moment “comes a creeping”, a little splash of inspiration happens, an overwhelming need is felt ; and the picture just can’t not be taken. Was it just a grab shot, a “spray and pray, ” or was it something seen and/or felt at a deeper level of consciousness?
What is pre-visualizing exactly? Oh, I know, I know, when Ansel Adams describes it, I understand it “perfectly.” I completely agree in theory and in intention. But in this case, I saw and shot knowing it was there, but it wasn’t until post process, that I cropped, and tweaked and I saw what I felt.
Brooks Jensen talks of documentary vs., diaristic photography, or in his other words he “responds’ to the image.
When do you pre-visualize and when do you respond?
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