From Lens Blog this morning, a fantastic piece on legendary photographer Ralph Gibson (link below):
“I wanted to make photographs you could look at for a long period of time, photographs that were not ephemera, photographs that were made to last and could support a great depth of content,” he said. “That’s the opposite of working for the media.”
As I’m continuing to edit the photos from my career, these words ring very true. Closing in on mid-March I am realizing that a lot of photos are making it through because I’m thinking about the people in the photograph, and the idea that somehow they will find it, it will part of their life’s history, or something like that. But then, these aren’t always great photographs.
The answer might be to create a sub-category of photograph that denotes less important work, and then lower the visibility of that content.
Is the project a portfolio or a retrospective? Should it be expansive or select? I’m leaning toward select in many cases.
It’s becoming clear that if 2018 is the year I get everything posted, 2019 will be the year I refine the edit.
Ralph Gibson self-published his own photo books decades ago. Now, those books — filled with dreamlike sequences — have been released in a single volume.
Here is a fun question – if you were coming out of some kind of drama situation, which of these two outcomes would be preferred:
A) you get everything you want, but feel a lack of respect.
B) you don’t get everything you want, but you feel respect.