A couple of thoughts on curiosity, and how it drives and influences how I work as a photographer.
The effects of my curiosity are both sweeping and subtle, in regards to the decisions I make with my cameras and where it will take me.
One aspect of it is that I am always trying to do something different, or looking back on things I once experimented with but never explored thoroughly before heading off in other directions. So I make a point to come back and revisit some of those ideas.
Recently I decided to start working more with the very basic Daguerreoytype Lens and an unusual new film. Ferrania P30.
I am always curious about rendering the world through such images as opposed to images that are familiar in both sight and photography.
This is easy enough to do, and these images aren’t the point. It doesn’t really matter if a photo is any good or not. In this case it was about being curious, asking myself questions and then answering them by making pictures. Hoping to capture that elusive lost Image.
Sometimes I get the shots, sometimes I don’t but ultimately it is not why I am there, nor is it why I pull out that camera. Which itself might sound crazy.
I don’t solely use my camera to make photos, I also use my camera because it is a sort of meditation and a justification to linger a bit longer.
Sometimes we get so hung up on how best to make the photos and we fret and worry and ultimately distract ourselves.
I know this is very abstract and I also know it is easier to say when you have several decades of experience doing as much photography as I have and I know it is easy to claim not to worry about the pictures when you have a whole hard drive full of images you love. I know abstract advice isn’t easy, but for me this is my driver. And maybe that truth doesn’t work for anyone else. I cannot comment on other photographers approach, just my own.
I can offer insight based on that, invest myself in being there with a camera in hand. I make photos, and by the time that shutter fires that goal has been met, my destination has been reached and the story has been told.