I’m getting into the habit of finishing one shoot, leaving with a ‘I-missed-something’ feeling, come back and do it better. And I’m not saying that’s a bad habit. I’m kind of enjoying it. Since I’m not making these photos for a paying client this gives me the opportunity to correct myself if I mess up first time.
The picture in my last post the Battles gave me an idea and I asked my nephew to come over with his cricket helmet. My nephew is a cricket player and a fan. When he was very young, almost the size of a regular cricket bat, I remember going to the local park with him and playing. He was a quick learner and a natural. More importantly we’d have a fun time. Memories.
When I have a photograph in mind I consider it as a draft or a starting point and then take it from there during the shoot letting it develop. Like I have the raw materials to cook. Whether or not I make a great dish depends when I start cooking. I try and keep it as close to the initial idea as possible in terms of the feel but not in terms of the overall look. For example, I wanted an intense feel to the image but had a different picture in mind. But the photos I got out of this shoot probably gave me a better picture than I was hoping. I also tried making the image I had in mind but those just didn’t feel quite as close as I thought they would. My failure totally. Mukul, my nephew, was a great subject to work with. I’d rather have these failures and something to work on next time than nothing at all. I wish I could come to terms with other failures just as good as I do with making photos some times.