I’m attending this workshop this weekend, March 10th. Sometime this week I need to pick a few photos where I think that I ‘showed’ up and a couple of others where I was close, but couldn’t/didn’t quite pull it off.
As I’ve never taken one of Les Saucier’s workshops, I’m not quite sure of what his definition of showing up will be. Here’s the assignment:
The only rule in Photography is that you have to Show Up. The Photographic Gifts are always present … all you have to do is show up.
You have to show up physically
… You have to show up to your creativity
… You have to show up to your own vision
… You have to show up to the place
… You have to show up to the subject
… You have to show up to your tools and skills.
Bring six images to this one day workshop, some which you feel you showed up and some which you feel you did your best to show up but something is missing.
This has been an interesting exercise as I think are any exercises requiring me to go back and look at previous work. I always see something else. Regarding his criteria, it seems to make sense, although I am a bit curious to know what it means to show up to your own vision and your own creativity. I would suppose that it might mean don’t come to the ‘show’ with ideas to take photos like you’ve seen someone else do before, a ‘crime’ in which I have been guilty many times before.
Showing up the subject … hmmm, being prepared for what you intend to shoot, bringing the right tools and skills?
I’m pretty excited about the workshop, too. I’ve included a couple of photos that made the cut for my 2007 book, which has not been printed yet, where I thought that I showed up and came away with something that I really liked. These,in particular, because they were made in an weed choked field, an undeveloped property. Nothing special … on the surface.
I wonder if you can show up with everything in its place and come home empty handed. I would imagine so … There is no magic formula, but if I can find a few nuggets to make things more consistent, them I’m all for it.
Oddly enough, I’ve not picked those that where I did my best to show up but something is missing. I have plenty of ‘failed’ shots to choose from, thousands, but those that are ‘close’, I shall have to examine more closely.