Photography – beginnings and endings

IcelandPlease look at the picture full size against a grey background.

I was reminded of a quote I read in Amateur Photographer Magazine recently by a guy called Sandy Wilson who wrote “photography begins way before we pick up our cameras and ends way after we put our cameras down”. He was writing in essence about what Henri Cartier-Bresson noted in 1952 “For me technology changes but photography stays the same”.

I was taken back two years, by a question I asked myself back on the 22nd April 2011 in my photography Journal. Where is the beginning and ending of photography for me?

For me photography would seem to be on a continuum with beginnings at one end and endings at the other. Each photographer has their own individual view of where their own practice fits in to this question.

This concept may best be displayed by a graphic but I have no idea how to get my blog to display a graphic in a meaningful way. So I have listed vertically potential thoughts that might help with this question.

Photography – Beginnings

World View / Vision /Values/ Inspiration by others / Education / A client brief

Photo opportunity – the taking stage

Subject choice / Attraction / Looking / Seeing /Observation / Abstraction / Composition /

Post Processing

Print evaluation / Self Expression / Print luminosity / Print presence / Finding and creating the prints highest potential

Photography – Endings

Getting Paid / outputting the picture/ Print for a viewer to see/ Appreciation by the viewer / Viewer interaction

Inspring / educating and entertaing the viewer.

Finding new inspiration to continue the cycle.

You may like to think about the top and bottom of the above list as these are where potential growth in your photography may come from.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you on photographic journey.

A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013

3 responses to Photography – beginnings and endings

  1. andy says:

    Some good ideas on this post. Taking it a step further, I’d say that the process is actually a cycle, where your outputs, including feedback from outside sources and also your own analysis, which will then influence your next photographs and projects, thus taking you back to the beginning again. It’s a bit like Deming’s Plan Do Check Act cycle.


  2. bjornsphoto says:

    The appreciation by the viewer is very important, it makes you want to continue and it drives you to make even more effort in your photography.
    And also the feedback from the viewers is very important.


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