I keep three journals. This blog, a written version of it which acts as a kind of draft copy of the blog and a small notebook that I carry around with me. The last one is mainly used for jotting down ideas as they occur to me. maybe I see something out of the bus window, or something in a restaurant. Sometimes just an idea that pops into my head. It may be a scribbled diagram of how I visualise a picture.
Should I add those comments here? It would be great if students commented on each others blogs. it doesn't seem to happen from what I've seen. Yes there are the chat forums but it's not the same.
Then there are the exhibitions I go to. Should I comment on what inspired me at the time?
I think I might try it for a few weeks and see if it adds to this blog journal. I'll try and get feedback from somewhere. Maybe that doesn't really matter either. It might just be very useful as a note to myself on what I felt at the time.
I'll start with lat Sunday, 12 December.
Saw the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.
Incredible shots by very young photographers. Loads of kids visiting obviously inspired by this.
I also noticed a recurring theme in the photographers comments about the amount of time spent on achieving their shot. It sometimes was a place familiar to them that they studied for 2 or 3 years, sometimes a place they grew up in and knew so well. More often the picture was not spontaneous but the result of many hours , days weeks or years.
Photograph the familiar.