Cuba … Photographer Blues 3

… using the wide angle, I can change the shape. With the telephoto, I can isolate the shape from the background. I do not care for the telephoto lens. If I could choose, I’m not sure if would use a telephoto lens. It is very predictable. The effect is visible, can be planned in advance and is not as erratic as the wide angle. I prefer the planned image build-up. The wide angle requires more photographic control. Maybe Cuba is too turbulent for a wide angle. Too many shapes and lines. This may be the reason way I favour cars and shadows. These image subjects give the images clean lines …

Photographer blues – Entries in travel diary of a photographer in 3 parts

… dedicating myself to writing, to writing down stories would bring me closer to the people and would reduce the distance created by the presence of a camera …

… using the wide angle, I can change the shape. With the telephoto, I can isolate the shape from the background. I do not care for the telephoto lens. If I could choose, I’m not sure if would use a telephoto lens. It is very predictable. The effect is visible, can be planned in advance and is not as erratic as the wide angle. I prefer the planned image build-up. The wide angle requires more photographic control. Maybe Cuba is too turbulent for a wide angle. Too many shapes and lines. This may be the reason way I favour cars and shadows. These image subjects give the images clean lines …

… I should capture images without using the viewfinder and the display. This would allow me to see the country again after my arrival through new eyes …

… the whole thing is closely connected to the polarising filter. Using a camera like a notepad and then? Improving the image with a polarizing filter, perfecting it. A world that cannot be seen. Image processing while capturing an image…

… have just hastily captured an image of a run-down courtyard. Driven by aggression and in hast so as not to be discovered, not to infringe. Photography can often be infringing, even if shame is rarely at the forefront. Without my camera, my presence would be perceived differently …

… there are subjects that cannot be isolated, that have too many different structures, colours and shapes. In these images, the observer has to re-discover the image for him or herself and may overlook what the written word could put more clearly. Instead of using words, the important message of the image should be placed in the foreground or the less important elements should be faded out …

… a long trip gives me the chance to catch a glimpse of a life I would have if I could live off photography the way I had dreamt I could. No commissioned work, photographing whatever I want to. It shows me the negative aspects, the self-doubt, the futility and also the monotony, copying others and feeling excluded. But the idea of the life of a photographer is still very appealing to me …

… the art of painting and writing provide interesting forms of expression …

… up until now, the crucial moment in photography was the point of in time they were captured. The image is memorised. The image result became less important. I think I have lost this principle – the result has become the crucial thing.

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