There are basically two types of photographers out there. Jeff Wall is often quoted as saying; “The photographer is either a hunter or a farmer.” I would guess most are Hunters, which is what makes the Farmer’s work so unique. Many of us wander around looking for things of interest, like the infamous Jay Maisel. He also developed, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “Decisive Moment” into an art in and of itself.
As grand as that style of work is, there is another more inventive group of photographers who wander around in their own minds looking for things of interest. Granted, at times they also wander around in life, but what’s unique is they don’t shoot what they see. They make note of it and over time create a concept by cultivating ideas and resources to then build a compelling photograph that really didn’t exist, but for their own creative imagination. As in the noteworthy creations of Erik Almas, Brooke Shaden and Joel Grimes to name but a few.
I’m a Hunter/Gatherer, I find interest in most all things! I would like to walk on the other side some, but my ADD quickly distracts my imagination from such plans. (squirrel) It must be a bird in the hand sort of thing, however, my imagination does kick into gear after the bird is in the can, so to speak. Luckily for me, this is where the real joy comes from in my work.
What brings you joy in your photography?