During this enforced period of domicile incarceration, we have the opportunity to do things that in normal times we may not have the time or inclination to do.
I do read a lot anyway, but I have been probably reading a bit more now during the lockdown. If I read novels, they are usually purchased and downloaded on to my Kindle, but any photography books I normally buy as print so that I enjoy the photographs that they obviously contain.
One book that I have been reading for some time now is “1001 Photographs You Must see before you Die”. It charts exceptional photographs from the 1820s to the 2010s. It is a small but thick (960 pages) and weighty tome. The quality of the reproduced photographs is very reasonable, although they are small because of the book size.
With each image, there is some information about the photographer and how and why they took the photograph.
The way I use this book, and I only suggest it as a method to you, is to read and look at three to four photographs per day. What I do then is to look up the photographer on the internet and then also try and find a larger representation of the photograph in the book to look at it more closely. I have found this beneficial in several ways.
- Finding out more about the particular photographer
- Finding out more information on the photograph itself
- Researching more into the events surrounding the photographer and image.
- It has made me appreciate the process that went into the taking of the photograph.
Amazon at present has the book on sale for £20. A bargain I think.
So. it’s the 23 December, and I’m sitting in front of my monitor and about to start processing another image from the summer. I’m still on July, working on the images I took in Venice. Although my University module with the Open College of the Arts finished in September (which I passed) I don’t seemed to have made much headway in getting through the photographs I have taken.
My plan was to get up to date by Christmas (now) so that when the next module begins, I’m up to date with my own photographs – once the Uni works start I will have very little time to process my own images.
I have various projects that I want to either start or finish. I have a book of 365 images which has been ready for printing for quite a while now as well as a collaborative project with three other photographers that has the tentative title of ‘Tempus Fugit’. This project which will result in a book, is at the stage where the photographs to be used are being chosen.
I also have set up a test site for the sale of my prints on line together with ‘gallery’ space for other guest photographers who also want to sell their prints online. It’s look as though this may have to wait another few months before I can get to grips with it again.
I am currently debating whether I continue with my photographic degree course because of all the other pressures on my time. I also work full-time in a normal job, and have a family. My free time is being squeezed all the time. I seemed to bounce from giving up the course to carrying on many times, in the course of a week. I love that the course has broadened my appreciation of photography and photographers that I may have never considered looking at before, but doing the degree is a massive commitment in time and money and other things have to drop by the wayside whilst it is being done.
As I said, decisions…decisions.
I hope you and yours have a merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.