In my last post I talked about the importance of starting with WHY.
I appreciated the comments from Pauline, Ian and Scott because that pushed me to clarify my thinking.
Starting with why is only important if you want to improve at what you are doing. It means to have a purpose or an intention. The why for everyone comes from the past. It is a process of discovery, not invention. (Simon Sinek). So it is a journey, not a destination.
Applying this to my photography, I do not have very specific goals but have come to realise that I am using photography to explore an interest in form and design. In order to get better at doing that, I need to measure WHAT I have done against WHY. We need a feedback loop. I like Thomas Sterner’s DOC process:
Do > Observe > Correct
It is an iterative process – doing it over and over again. ‘Correct’ may be to keep true to my current ‘why’ or it may encourage me to review my ‘why’. That is the joy (sometimes pain) of being on a journey.
A friend suggested we meet at the Christchurch Art Gallery to photograph some of the architecture. My ‘why’ was to practice being open to any photographic opportunity.
At one point I looked down on this view. Subconsciously my ‘why’ of form and design led me to the hard edge form of the rectangular table and the slight curve of the light coloured top edge of the chairs. The person introduced the soft touch. All this happened almost instantly (habit) as a result of being interested in that sort of scene. I do not mind that it is extreme because it is consistent with my ‘why’.