March 14, 2010

Editing photos

I've been trying to motivate this weekend to edit my photos from Uzbekistan. As usual, it's taking me a little bit of time to even begin looking at them. I'm always disappointed when I first get my contact sheets and scans back from the lab, and I need to acquire some distance from the experience of travelling in order to look at the images with fresh eyes.

The other day I was watching a lecture given by Thomas Ruff and he spoke of photographs and how they differed from their subjects. He spoke specifically of portraits, and how he had to change the size of his photographs so that people began to identify the photographs separately from their subjects.

In a similar way, I have to make that separation between the photographs and the subjects before I can make sense of them for what they are. Sometimes it just takes longer than others. Sometimes I'm just lazy. :p

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