Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Published 18 April 2008

Okay- here’s one more accidental shot from the Pentax. Thanks everyone for indulging me with feedback on these… after this I’ll move on to some ‘real’ photos- or at least ones I actually meant to take. Real or otherwise!

I’m not quite sure what it is about these that intrigues me. Most probably, had I not taken them they would hold no interest at all. Phil’s comment on yesterday’s shot echoes much the same sentiment:

I guess the thing is every photo has a meaning relating to time and place to the photographer…I guess there needs to be a little more for the viewer who is unconnected.

Others remarked that the last photo lacked a subject, which I certainly do not deny. But, just to play devil’s advocate: does every photo need a subject? There certainly are some quite etherial photos essentially lacking subject that can evoke quite a strong emotional response. Not saying these fall into that category at all- just throwing it out there.

I think for me, it’s just about the spontaneity… I tend to ‘overcompose’ and over-think a lot of my photographs. I have missed many a shot for that reason, and often I feel some of my photos do suffer from a lack of spontaneity. It’s one of the reasons I like to carry a Holga from time to time: to forcefully bring that spontaneity back into some of my work. But it’s not often I am trigger happy when taking photos (one of the many reasons I grew quickly tired with digital- it just didn’t fit my style well), and I suppose it’s just interesting for me to see what happens when filmwasting is forced upon me by some slight technical error.

Of course, any thoughts and impressions gladly accepted.

Pentax 645, Kodak Portra BW400CN, Processed D-76 stock.

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