1. Look at the following site and comment on some of the differences you notice – consider how art photographers seek originality, unusual points of view, depth of meaning, excellence, the exercise of technical photographic choices, to create personal stylistic distinction, and to avoid cliche’. Comment on the 3 most important distinctions to you that you want to use in your art photography (compared to when you take your snapshots.)
Snapshot vs. Fine Art Photographs
2. Watch the following 2 videos of William Klein talking about his contact sheets. He reveals his memories of the “shoots”, the subjects, the choices he made, the effects he was after, the results he got, and when a photograph was “almost a photograph” and when a photograph became “a photograph.” Obviously, he is talking about quality and personal intentions. The photograph became a photograph when it satisfied his artistic goals and intentions. What are the three most interesting aspects of the choices he makes in photographing or in refining his prints?
3. Watch this video and notice his studio and the storage of his negatives, prints, and contacts. Also listen to his discussion about his work and the serendipity in his life.
As he talks about some of these photographs as a self-portrait (even when it is of other people), can you think of any of your photos that may similarly be considered a self-portrait?
4. A major distinctions between a fine art photographer and a person who takes snapshots is the degree of intention in taking the photograph :
a. quality photographers change the way we see
b. quality photographs are not of something but about something
c. quality photographers reveal something about the world or themselves and have the will to make it as good as possible
In your comment, post what your strategy will be for the second half of the next roll and which of the 3 points listed above (a,b,c) are most important to you as you pursue quality photographs.