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One Important Question

I recently came across a blog that is brimming with inspirational stuff for photographers and designers. If you're either, both, or just in need of something to jump-start your creative spirit, here are some selected anecdotes answering 'One Important Question.'

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As someone who dabbles on photography every now and then, I have found that photography and design often go hand-in-hand to make both commercial and artistic masterpieces possible. That said, when I came across this blog/website called One Important Question, I just had to share the bits and pieces there that might be interesting for everyone here.

Just what is this “one important question” that the blog seeks to find answers for designers and photographers (or maybe even artists and creative minds in general)?

“What is the best advice someone has ever given you?”

Here are some selected answers (and accompanying photos) that are relevant to us photographers and lomographers:

“Everytime you have to take a photo, think: is it worth it?”Mário Macedo

“Pictures can be much smarter than you are. Let the work speak back to you and tell you what it needs. All you need to know is in the photograph.”John Edmonds

“Good photography shouldn’t say everything, good photography should suggest.”Evzen Sobek

“Shoot things that are interesting to you.”Ye Rin Mok

“Your personality and camera are the strongest tools to enter the world.”Andrea Vollmer

If I have to give my take on this, here is something I’ve learned from Henri Cartier-Bresson:

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“Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick. So, if you miss the picture, you’ve missed it. So what?”

What about you, has anyone ever inspired you with some valuable words of wisdom to better your craft? Share them with the rest of us with a comment below!

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6 comments

  1. geegraphy

    geegraphy

    One of my writing mentors once told me that at the end of each piece that I write, I should take a step back and reread the whole thing, but as a stranger constantly asking, "why should I care?". If I find myself not interested or if I don't feel involved as a reader, then it's back to the drawing board.

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  2. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    Indeed, @geegraphy, what a useful advice! As for lessons in writing, I always keep in mind a simple tenet: "Show, don't tell." I find that it also applies to photography in some way. Like, when taking photos of places during my travels, I bear in mind to "show" something about the place and not just tell people where I've been.

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  3. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    @geegraphy and @plasticpopsicle I had similar experiences in my writing courses. My teacher would always tell us to write the paper, then go back and say what it is about (like thesis and stuff like that). It seemed so weird back then because it flew in the face of everything I had pounded into my head about writing.
    I use the same "method," if it can be called that. lol, in my photography where I have a plan, but it usually changes once I get to where I am going and I start snappin' pics. Then I go back and look at them to see what I really did.
    Really great article, kinda opens the mind. :))

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  4. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    @110isnotdead Glad you liked this article! There really are times when what we get with our film photographs don't match what we initially had in mind--sometimes it's disappointing, but many times, it's actually pleasantly surprising!

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  5. eremigi

    eremigi

    My favourite are Mario Macedo's (has always been resounding in my head) and, needless to say, Cartier-Bresson's.
    Oh and thank you for introducing me to this blog - inspiring!

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  6. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    Thanks for the article. This topic has the potential to extend the 10 Golden rules :-) As for myself, I remember Clyde Butcher saying we should shoot things that we love.

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