Does it matter?

2010, Photography

Does it matter why you or I photograph? Does it matter why you or I developed (or are developing) a personal style, a vision? Does it matter how you or I compose and see? Does it matter what gear you or I use? Likely not.

For many it seems so, but even if they knew I wonder how much it really matters. It matters to me what I do and I maybe only like to know what matters you when I try to understand what you do.

It matters to me what techniques I use, how I compose and expose. And yes, it even matters to me what gear I use. Not because I get the best image quality and the perfect photograph, but because I know how it enables me to make the photographs I envision. You know, possibilities and limitations.

I think it all matters to the execution and not to the eventual photograph. Everything else is probably only a justification.

But I have to apologize for not posting so regularly. Today I was finally able to ingest, select, and edit some of my photographs from the last three weeks. And then some say all the fun about digital photography is all about immediacy.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

13 thoughts on “Does it matter?

  1. Probably the best part of photography is that you never stop developing. You’ll never know for sure what works. Or doesn’t work.

    Style, technique, gear – even after decades of taking pictures I’m still (pleasantly) surprised now and then. That’s one of the things that keeps me going, I guess.

  2. Hi Wouter,

    I always enjoy reading your blog and photographs that you made!

    One of my must visit site each day.

    All the best!

  3. What did Winogrand say, “I don’t have anything to say in any picture. My only interest in photography is to see what something looks like as a photograph. I have no preconceptions.”

  4. No need to apologize, Wouter. It was worth the wait to see this fine series of shots and read these stimulating thoughts.

  5. Hallo Wouter,

    Ik heb mijn keuze gemaakt, het wordt binnenkort de GDR III kopen. Ik lees overal zulke enthousiaste verhalen en de resultaten zijn verbluffend. Jammer dat de camera haast nergens voorradig is. Toch ben ik nog steeds benieuwd naar een B&W JPGE rechtstreeks uit de camera, dus zonder door een bewerkingsprogramma gehaald te zijn. Kan jij er misschien een plaatsen of naar mij mailen ter voorbeeld? Op mijn zijn een aantal B&W foto’s die onlangs heb gemaakt. Alvast bedankt voor je reactie


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