“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?” ~Howard Ikemoto
Yes, we do.
I would think, since my background and terminal degree is in theater that I would know that there is a date fixed; a date when the curtain goes up and the work is shown to others. Once upon a time, I was very good at that. x weeks to concept; x weeks to cast and design; x weeks to rehearse and build; x days to polish and tech; then boom: Opening Night! I could look at the work. I could think “Damn! What the hell was I thinking! Idiot!”: but it was in front of the audience, it was their work now to love or hate or more likely be indifferent to but…I was done. Time to move on.
Unless you are on assignment or have a contract in hand, the non-performing arts, photography in my case, are not like that. You can continue to work with the negative or digital file into eternity and no one is the wiser. You can chew on the image, and chew and chew, deepen the shadow, burn, dodge, highlight, up the saturation, crop…throw it all out and start again and it doesn’t matter. You will never get it “right”. In the words of one of my theater professors at Pomona it always end up: “It’s not the vision I had.”
I took this image on January 26, 2011.
At one point it became this:
and today, this: