Photographs on the Brain #50

I view obsessions much like I view instincts, the good and the bad are all mixed up in there…there being our nervous systems. But without them, instincts and obsessions, and without the courage to follow them, both the good and the bad, you just end up being. - Tony Fouhse


©Grant Cornett

I keep track of mental images, the kind the brain makes independently when there’s no camera around. When I was a kid my mom taught me to make mental pictures and after all the rolls of film I’ve gone through, the mental photos still endure as a kind of living, invisible sketchpad. Many times before going to bed I run through all the things I saw but didn’t photograph. So when I actually pick up my camera, the real pictures are rooted in a kind of abstract place, like a distilled fantasy. That’s what forms the base of my way of working and the rest is details and the constantly tested ability to react to the particulars, decided by geography, subjects, ideas – all followed by endless hours of editing, sequencing, shuffling and reshuffling. - Irina Rozovsky


Left: ©Cass Bird, Right: ©Clive Frost


©Michael Northrup

If you think of photographs as dots, as those little factlets, you’ll have to immediately start playing your game connecting them, thinking about how to get from the first one to the next one etc. If you think of photographs as clouds, as entities that create certain experiences, things are a little different. You can think about connecting them, but you can also think about letting them just be. Letting them be is maybe similar to throwing a bunch of stones into a lake and to then watch the circular waves create a complex pattern on the water’s surface. - Joerg Colberg


Left: ©Maury Gortemiller; Right: ©Evelyn Hofer


©Todd Gross

Don’t make a deadline. Never start with your deadline, because you’re probably not going to make it. Give yourself the time. Also, it’s very important to put your project away for a couple of months, if you can. When you’re working so intensely on a project, you will inevitably have tunnel vision, and the best way to get out of the tunnel is just to put it aside for a month, maybe two, and then look at it again. - David Galjaard


©Leon Borensztein


©Ted Pushinsky


Left: ©Roy Arden; Right: ©René Maltête


©Caleb Cole


Left: ©Katie Shapiro;  Right: ©Katie Koti


©Jason Nocito


Left: ©Charlie Engman; Right: ©Paccarik Orue

I’ve always been pushing that envelope. I want to risk hitting my head on the ceiling of my talent. I want to really test it out and say: O.K., you’re not that good. You just reached the level here. I don’t ever want to fail, but I want to risk failure every time out of the gate. - Quentin Tarantino


©Jay Muhlin


Left: ©MARIA STURM Right: ©Ross Racine


©Deb Schwedhelm

Work hard while you can. Get things done. Because someday someone is going to say to you, “You want us to match an inkjet print? Wow, I haven’t even heard that word in five years,” or, “Sir, no one works with files from the old Bayer array cameras any more.” Or you’ll get transferred to Bongo Bongo in the South Pacific and the company has a no cameras rule because the native women don’t wear tops. Or Filbert the master printer will win Lotto and enthusiastically devote his life to cocaine. I don’t know. I don’t know what it will be—all I know is that whatever is, isn’t forever. The windows that open, close. When things are on song, sing. Please take my advice. – Mike Johnston

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