Camera Position 191 : Walt Whitman, Poetry and Photography

Walt Whitman’s poems in his opus Leaves of Grass mirror the actions of the photographer by beginning with facts and transforming those facts into ideas. I explore how both photography and Whitman’s poetry use simple language to convey complex ideas, giving any object or experience new importance by recording it on a previously blank page.

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Leaves of Grass - 1856 Edition, Frontispiece and Title
Leaves of Grass – 1856 Edition, Frontispiece and Title

Camera Position 190 : Watching Photographers Photograph

“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra

I like to see photographers out in the world and watch them photograph. Observing how photographers photograph can be a great aid in helping us make better, more informed, more personal photographs.

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There are still a few spaces left in 2 of my Italy Photography Workshops for 2017:

Colonnata, Tuscany, 2016 - on the itinerary for the 2017 Tuscany Photo Workshop
Colonnata, Tuscany, 2016 – on the itinerary for the 2017 Tuscany Photo Workshop

Camera Position 189 : Cultivate The Itch, Not The Scratch

What drives and motivates photographers to do the work they do? I think that our unifying motivation is curiosity – an unrelenting, never-ending curiosity – an “itch” to know more about something and to learn about that thing through photographing it.

I was prompted to think about how we should cultivate the itch – our curiosity – and not the scratch by this quote from photographer Sabastião Salgado:

“If you’re young and have the time, go and study. Study anthropology, sociology, economy, geopolitics. Study so that you’re actually able to understand what you’re photographing. What you can photograph and what you should photograph.”

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Steps, Medici Chapel, Florence, 2016 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Steps, Medici Chapel, Florence, 2016 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

 

Camera Position 188 : You Are Worth The Time

Do you take time to be creative each day?

The creative act is worth taking the time for. It’s worth making the time for. It’s what holds us up and keeps us going. Thousands upon thousands of creative people are forced to make the time to create. It’s worth it because of what we give ourselves and what we give back to the world.

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Olives, Tuscany, 2016 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Olives, Tuscany, 2016 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

Camera Position 187 : Always Make the Photograph

If you see a picture that you think you may have photographed before, take it. Both the subject and the photographer may have changed since the last time you photographed it. Regardless of the reason, you should always make the photograph.

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Pienza, Tuscany, 2016
Pienza, Tuscany, 2016

I’ve stood in front of this very door many times, and photographed it repeatedly, but never in this light, never at this time of year and never with this degree of success.

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