Inevitably in photography – as with most pursuits we explore consistently with commitment and passion – I find myself going around in circles.
Not in a bad way, and each time I go around I have more learning and experience under my belt.
You never step in the same water twice, so the circles are more like upward spirals.
But in recent years I’ve been drawn increasingly to finding a photography set up that’s as direct, and as pure, as possible.
What this means to me is removing all unnecessary decisions and options, from my choice of camera and lens for any particular photo walk, how it’s set up for each shot, and how to process the image the camera outputs (ie, as little as possible, preferably not at all!).
And now I have perhaps four or five cameras set up in specific ways that I can make images with in this direct approach, and use those images straight out of camera.
You could argue that with the most pure and distilled form(s) of photography, there is really only one decision the photographer needs to make.
Does the scene and composition in front of me present a photograph worth making?
Or, put another way, is it worth releasing the shutter?
Everything else is already decided.
What do you think? What does the purest form of photography look like for you?
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