The Hollywood Motel and Garry Winogrand.
I have long since given up trying to figure out why I photograph the things I photograph.
Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.
This has the ring of truth, doesn’t it?
The photo is a thing in itself. And that’s what still photography is all about.
So, I’m looking to fill the viewfinder with things that will become interesting photographs. Winogrand was a wizard, a photographer extraordinaire, his every image a surprise.
[If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would] do something to shake it up.
Hmmm…I don’t do this much. Perhaps as I spend more time searching out photographs I settle for the familiar. Maybe it’s time to shake it up a bit? The patterns we develop are hard to break. Perhaps I’ll figure it out one day, why I am drawn to make these photographs again and again.
But this much I know:
…The photograph should be more interesting or more beautiful than what was photographed.