Around three weeks back i was working on my portfolio…it was about time as I had not updated it since long…working on my portfolio always makes me nervous …it never is a day long exercise…this time it took a week…and it did n’t get over…so in between i usually end up watching a master’s work to give myself a break from drudgery of seeing my images again and again…someone whose work can inspire me to photograph again…
Garry Winogrand is such a guru…Every time I see his video or check out his images I run across to scribble on paper…you learn something new every time….one of my fav photographers…he is complex to understand yet his views on photography are so simple…
For him, a photograph is a record of a life moment—nothing more, nothing less. Easier said than done.Here are a few quotes that are the closest he offered to a shooting philosophy:
“Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.”
“I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.”
“All things are photographable.”
He didnt worry much about how pictures looked later. Nor was he worried about darkroom, I think; he only wanted to photograph. Frame what you want to have in a picture ,and not about making a nice picture. So I don’t think Garry was a snap-shot photographer. He trusted his instincts and he took images when it triggered his mind.
What can happen in a frame. What something looks like in a camera. Photographs are mute.They don’t have a narrative ability.
The nature of photographic process is in its failure. Whatever I do I can’t seem to get enough of it. Its such a pleasure.
Here are two awesome short videos on Garry Winogrand…..i shall share more of my leanings from Garry soon when i happen to revisit him next time around…[youtube]Tl4f-QFCUek[/youtube] [youtube]-Zk1nkZ3-kE[/youtube]