Stephen Kirkpatrick

Monday, September 5, 2011

Dance With The One Who Brung Ya'

This project has stimulated a lot of thought and contemplation, some  good, some bad. I've tried to rely on my "mind's eye" to provide the vision for the perfect, On A Roll images I hope to capture, but I've found that vision to be a little blurry. 

In an attempt to bring it into focus, I examined some of my past work. I was drawn to “Black Swans,” an image shot about six weeks after I got my first camera, which I included in my first book, First Impressions (1983).  In the introduction to that book, I wrote, "More important to me now is not the sharpness of a photo but its message, composition, and the emotions it transmits and evokes." I went on to describe "Black Swans" as “the first image that ever felt right.” 

Instead of worrying about the minute imperfections of the shot, perhaps I need to keep my mind’s eye focused on those ideals. That seems the best way to truly guarantee a result that will not only please me, but will also speak to those who see it.

Black Swans (Cygnus atratus)   
July 1981
from the book  

25)  Foxtail at Sunrise - (H)
Madison County
August 30, 2011, 6:58 am
Clear, 68 degrees
60mm, 1/125@f8, Tripod

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