The utopic photography
September 8th, 2015. First day of classes of my professional photography program. I found myself lost between all that photography gear in the studios and the new concepts I started to learn. Before that, I thought I knew a lot about photography, but with the beginning of the course I just realized that I knew nothing about it.
April 6th, 2016. Last day of classes of the second term (out of four). After going through dozens of assignments, hundreds of mistakes, a couple of accomplishments and a lot of learning, I see myself sitting in a room beside my other twenty very talented classmates, each one presenting in a projector one of our final projects: 100 different views of the same item. The objective of this assignment was basically to produce a hundred distinctly different images of a chosen item, by using the lighting techniques and rules of composition we’ve been learning for the past two semesters. Sounds fun and easy, but consider that we still had all the other assignments going on at the same time and in addition, this is a kind of project which is essential to be consistent and creative.
Before I let you watch my video, I just wanna make sense with the title of this text. This photography course has been blowing my mind about the importance of techniques in photography. In the beginning of the program, I was feeling like I was technically light years far away from all the professional photographers I have as reference (eg.: Sebastião Salgado, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Jeffries, etc), nowadays I think I shortened a little bit this distance, but there’s still a lot to go through on this long road.
And I guess that’s an infinite road. The pursuit for the perfect photograph — a.k.a. masterpiece — in terms of techniques, storytelling and expression of emotions is utopic. However in a realistic way, it’s possible to study and work hard to push to a higher level the photographs I can produce. The masters of photography drew an utopic line, I don’t wanna get there, but that still makes me keep moving forward. And there’s one thing I’m sure about: I’ll never accept less than my best.
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