Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France by Paul Strand
Paul Strand did it differently. Carrying heavy cameras and shooting expensive sheets of film, he would spend years in a location getting to know an area and its people. In that time he’d have maybe a couple of dozen images to show for it. Granted, shooting film is much different from shooting digitally, but we can learn about creating art from those who came before us with film in their cameras instead of a sensor.
Some of Paul Strand’s subjects were interviewed for this exhibition. When commenting on his working method, they didn’t really know what he did to create their photograph, but did know that he spent a long time doing it.
We can learn from this. Try to slow down and start a photo shoot by looking, thinking and studying the subject. Spend more time framing and adjusting before clicking the shutter. Maybe we would come back from a day’s shooting with just one great photograph instead of a bunch of good ones.