Camera Position 185 : God Is In The Details

In addition to the phrase “Less is More,” the great architect Mies Van der Rohe also had another saying that relates to making creative work, and that is “God Is In The Details,” suggesting that attention to each and every detail of your process, from conception to execution, is integral to making the best work possible.

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Lake Superior Shoreline, 2016 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Lake Superior Shoreline, 2016 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

Camera Position 184 : Look At The Path, Not The Mountain

Whether it’s a stack of dishes in the sink, moving forward with your photography or climbing up a steep mountain, looking at the path that you’re traveling is usually the easiest way to the top.

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Faro Voltaio - Volta's Lighthouse, Brunate, Italy, 2016 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Faro Voltaio – Volta’s Lighthouse, Brunate, Italy, 2016 – Photograph by Jeff Curto
Faro Voltaio - Volta's Lighthouse, Brunate, Italy, 2016 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Faro Voltaio – Volta’s Lighthouse, Brunate, Italy, 2016 – Photograph by Jeff Curto
Faro Voltaio - Volta's Lighthouse, Brunate, Italy, 2016 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Faro Voltaio – Volta’s Lighthouse, Brunate, Italy, 2016 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

Camera Position 183 : Conscious Photography

The difference between a conscious and an unconscious photographer is that the conscious photographer produces better work by thinking more and photographing less.

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Wind, Varenna, Lago di Como, 2016 - Photograph by Jeff Curto
Wind, Varenna, Lago di Como, 2016 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

Camera Position 182 : The Art of the ‘Zine

In a few past episodes, we’ve looked at alternate ways to get your work in front of an audience, and here’s another one: ‘Zines.  This “low-fi” type of publication is a great (and cheap) way of getting your work into others’ hands. I use my former student Michael Jarecki’s ‘Zine “Just Make Pictures” as an example of how it can work.

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Mike Jarecki - Just Make Pictures
Mike Jarecki – Just Make Pictures
Mike Jarecki - Just Make Pictures
Mike Jarecki – Just Make Pictures

Camera Position 181 : Less Is More

The great architect Mies van der Rohe is famous for the phrase “Less is More” to describe his approach to simplifying his designs. That philosophy can be applied to photography as well, as it is often better to make fewer, but more thoughtful, images.

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Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House
Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

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