Flicker Pondering Something Very Important And Troubling, Quincy, Massachusetts. Tuesday, May 29, 2018. 3:34 p.m.
Simplify, simplify, simplify. I try to build strong structure and balance. Then layer color and light over it. Painters work like this. (See below.) I try to do all of this in the camera.
I still use only the viewfinder to shoot, reserving the LCD screen for reviewing my images. It's so remarkable inside the viewfinder, what it shows you. Like sitting all by yourself in a dark movie theater. Cinema Paradiso.
I still shoot manually. I spot meter my most important detail, put it in its proper zone, and let the other zones fall where they may.
The theater taught me to take huge risks, that I was capable of taking them, and that I enjoy taking them. But that’s a different subject for a different discussion.
I’m inspired by painters. My images are intentionally painterly, I think in part because I am a very bad painter. If I were to meet the devil at the crossroads at midnight, I might bargain my soul to be a painter.
Arrangement Of A Collective Memory In The Key Of A Minor