The Culling process

May 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

      After having photographed with digital cameras for a number of years, I have found that one cannot determine the subtle qualities of a photograph by a small display on the digital camera.  This observation, at first look, sounds self-apparent.  But, one does not take the time to reflect on the deep ramifications of these limitations in visual feedback.  Furthermore, one’s mindset may change from the time of capture, to the time of viewing or editing.  Essentially, this suggests that what one deemed valuable initially, could shift.  I find that it takes time to absorb the qualities of a photograph in question.   It may require careful inspection to determine if it has redeeming qualities.  There are many cases where I have made a photograph through inspiration, but when I observed it at a later time; I couldn’t recall the motivation I had to make it.   I usually give myself the benefit of the doubt, and believe that I had good justification to make this photograph.  I then set out to place myself in the mindset, in which I initially drew inspiration to create this image.


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