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Reasons

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

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Not having a concept, and not sticking to it…

And not doing tons of other shit, being too trigger-happy, not being trigger happy enough but having bad habits doesn’t really bother me. In fact, there might not even really be bad habits. It is all subjective, isn’t it, at least relatively…

You have what you consider your OWN bad habits but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You find out what you like and what you don’t like and you adjust accordingly…You weed out things you think are weak and focus on the things that are strong…whatever…I don’t believe in having a photographic dogma… but people do and they respect.

I’m changing gears for a sec…

I was looking for a teacher for along time…It was like that children’s story, “are you my teacher?…are you my teacher?” I was giving my spiel to an awesome photographer in Shimokita named Makoto. “I don’t know anything,” I said,…”I’ve taught myself everything…I’ll be you’re humble apprentice (I once gave this spiel to Jim once too) and he said, “Sorry, I don’t have time, besides you don’t need a teacher, its better if you don’t have one.”

I think he was just saying, Its better to make you’re own rules and in doing so, your art is more genuine and more, as Jim says, a “self-portrait” of who you are…

I of course still want a teacher but I get the gist…

Inspiration…

I remember a time when I had a huge burst of inspiration. It was late at night in Meguro and I saw a motorcycle that looked worth shooting but there was hardly any light. I walked away only to realize a moment later that the picture had chosen me, not the other way around, and when it chooses you, and you have the wherewithal to realize it, well that’s photography. Make a habit to keep you heart open.

Here’s something I did once…I wondered once what quantity’s relation to quality was. I had a day of strictly digital, from morning to night. I shot 200 photos with the intention of shooting, editing, and printing, all in one day, of every single consecutive photo, and leaving them that way…Huge break though…almost too instant gratification.

Back to bad habits…

Here’s a ‘good’ habit I’ve developed recently…Look at the masters of other mediums. I just saw Monet at the new Museum in Roppongi. This guy spent YEARS , prolly DECADES, LIFETIMES on single images. Imagine the burnout… But he had a concept and imaginably thousands of themes and he stuck it, and his images “stuck” to history. It gave me a lot of inspiration, refreshed my ideas, and perhaps changed my eye a little.

Another thing I make a habit of is printing. And making albums. Imagine the shit eating grin I have on my face when this is looking at me…

I think it’s my best if not only good habit. It teaches me about what I like, and how I like it. It teaches me about editing, (“edited” as in grouped or presented, not edited in the Photoshop sense.) How often does one photo kick your ass. Its usually a collection, a book, a show, something to chew on, look through twice, and choose your favorite. My favorites always change and I find new stuff all the time. Its looking in the mirror.

That’s the take home message here…Print! Not only will you have something to show your friends, you will have made a “real thing” and while you relish in that, you can decide what’s “good” and “bad”.

Whatever…

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