On Slowness & Excellence

“Migrant Mother” by Dorothea Lange

After a month of work, it was a ten minute stop, on a whim, that would yield one of the most enduring photos of all time.

Contemporary photographers, equipped with equipment that Lange could only have dreamed of, will shoot for an hour and return with hundreds of exposures. The expectation, fueled by Instagram and a culture of constant production, is to come away with dozens of images we’re happy with. Instead of 10 minutes of rapid-fire movement and iterations, Lange carefully moves around and recomposes, using each previous frame as a touch point for a better next shot.

Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, HA.com

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Ali Falouji

Ali Falouji

Writing into the void. Mainly: Film, Product & UX, Economics, and Identity