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Yep, needed that
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_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: May 27th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, I've gotta interject here. "Imposing [yourself] too much on them" seems like an odd perspective to have; either you're photographing as photojournalism/documentation, which doesn't seem to be your aim, or you're photographing as an expressive/interpretive art form to convey something about your experience or observations.

Assuming I'm right and it's the latter - that the piece is a piece in itself, and not just a window onto an event - then it seems to me you *can't*, by definition, impose yourself too much on them. It's your experience that defines them, that makes them more than just chemicals recording light on paper.

It's exactly the fact that you're imposing yourself and an interpretive/selective/emotive lens on them that makes them evoke what you feel in addition to simply communicating.

It's working. Keep at it, and don't be afraid to regard it as a medium instead of a result. (Not that you necessarily are, but...)
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the things I've found is that it's nigh on impossible to hide behind a camera. Merely by pointing the instrument in a direction, you become a participant, an actor. You may still be separate from that thing you've focused on, but the act transforms you into something other than a mere spectator.

All this is very intimidating for me, if only because I've spent the majority of my life attempting invisibility. At this point, I could go into the idea of the photograph as a therapeutic tool, but that might just get weird. Suffice to say that being behind the lens makes me feel exposed, and that that feeling makes me feel like I'm too much with the resulting images.
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