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July 14, 2009


Hmmm...thanks for sharing an interesting and informative post.


When I made this picture (http://tinyurl.com/nj5djq) I think I was at stage 4. Oddly this was a few month after I started photography "seriously". I have the feeling that by reading and searching... something between style and creating a portfolio for some near commercial future, the scale shifts backwards to 3, only sometimes coming back to 4 and in between falling to 1 and 2. Don't know if this makes sense.

So let me put it differently: It is all equipment and gear hustle, but I ever more often feel like throwing away everything except the Epson RD-1 with 28/2 and click away _without_ thinking about style, gear, professionalism or the likes ever again.

That being said I feel sometimes like on stage 4, just very seldom.

Great post, btw. - made me think, keep on rocking dude!

I am in a very busy stage of life now, helping my 92 year old mother move from a large house to an apartment, something that is both physically and mentally exhausing--for both of us. Although I have thought of documenting the process, there just isn't enough energy left over to do it.
When I read your description of seeing at stage 4, it brought to mind a number of photographs I have made when I was seeing at this level. I remember the almost meditative feeling I had before clicking the shutter release and the way the scene was, and still is, imprinted on my mind.
Thanks for helping me remember some of those precious moments.

Gordon, I overlooked your question: "...is it any good?" I think you know the answer. It is an absolute street classic, G-style ;-) and I think it is really good.

I had to look at it, which is good. Then I see perfect light, gesture, looks, composition, contrast. The contrast is everywhere, in tones, but also in gestures, in generations and in ethncities. Then I could derive that I see a record of modern western society, at least of the wealthy parts. From the positioning and accentuation of the persons I could derive further inherent statements. But maybe I am stepping too far here.

However this image gives me food for thought and makes me look more often. Well done!

Great post, Gordon. I think that stage 4 is when you have slipped into the moment and removed all labels of what you think 'it' is, be it a tree, rock, person, etc.

Those are the magical photos, the ones that are so sublime that they make you wonder who took it. I think that many of my photos come from stage 3 and are colored by my emotions about how I feel about the subject. These are perfectly fine for artistic purposes, as you mentioned. Those special stage 4 photos are the ones that keep me shooting and help me to realize my potential.

Very interesting post. Thank you!

Thanks for the post. It seems to me, that these stages often apply to any kind of "art" we do .. I've read poets and prose writers talking about the same kind of things.

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