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.’
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:
“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!