You’re always believing ahead of your evidence. What was the evidence I could write a poem? I just believed it. The most creative thing in us is to believe in a thing.
One of the many benefits of The Quotidian Hudson for me is that I use my camera and take pictures everyday. This has forced me to look at the world and really see what is there, to develop a certain type of visual acuity. It also allows the opportunity to fail, to take lousy pictures and share them anyway which does two things. I am much less self-conscious when I show people work and it demonstrates to me how much I have changed over the last 18 months As I have said before I am a better shooter now and images that I think are mediocre today are ones that I would have thought excellent when I started.
One of the downsides of The Quotidian Hudson is that I take pictures everyday (I have already shot over 12000 images in 2012) and don’t give myself the time to slow down and contemplate the image, to work them and live with them and really see what develops. That is not to say I shoot, publish, and forget. I do spend time with certain pictures but that is outside the blog and is done after I have finished the daily shoot and post. I am contemplating a change of direction…
Irina used part of the morning to show images. She spent a good amount of time on Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helen Levitt, talking about “The Decisive Moment” She also spoke about William Eggleston and the development of color photography. This inspired the two images below (see paragraph two).
If you visit New York this summer the website below has lots of information about things to do on and along the Hudson River from the city up to Lake Tear In The Clouds. Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area