refining, editing and polishing

April 30, 2008  in  Art as a profession       Related posts:  

In my last post, Angela was curious about how I carefully refine and polish the photographs I take, as opposed to just trying to capture the ‘decisive moment‘ in the camera. While I plan to write more about this, I stumbled across an article written by Rosanne Cash about songwriting, which helps explain my attitude towards photography:

“Twenty-five years ago, I would have said that the bursts of inspiration, and the transcendent quality that came with them, were an emotionally superior experience, preferable to the watchmaker concentration required for the detail work of refining, editing and polishing. But the reverse is proving to be true. Like everything else, given enough time and the long perspective, the opposite of those things that we think define us slowly becomes equally valid, and sometimes more potent.” [link]

I love that… the emotional potency of “enough time and the long perspective.”