"To know ahead of time what you're looking for means you're then only photographing your preconceptions, which is very limiting." ~Dorothea Lange
Her most iconic photograph
Dorothea Lange was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration. The image became known as "Migrant Mother".
The sage saying still applies, She was not the only one to take artistic license, another of my favorite photographers "Eugene Smith" often staged his shots for more dramatic effect. Both where employed during times of great stress in this country.
Sometimes we can push ourselves into a pigeon hole with our own stylistic beliefs with our blinders firmly affixed and tunnel vision employed . . . we become stagnate and loose the creative spark that ignited our imagination and creativity.
I enjoy playing with my 4 year old grand daughter and will often hand her a small digital camera to see what she shoots, to look at her view, her framing . . . . her fresh look at the world. It is most inspiring and sometimes revealing . . . she is a card and I hope she continues to photograph long after I am gone from this world, I will surely make all efforts to keep her engaged in photography. That is if Grandpa has any influence.
Well here it is . . . almost the end of August . . . I am trying to re-ignite my creative spark, kick start my old ass and get out of the dull drums of life. Smile it could be worse . . . I will get off my soap box and stop my rant . . .
get off your duff and go make some photographs.