This may seem sudden, but I am a very mediocre woman.
Now that we’re on the topic, the equipment I’m using consists mainly of average, recreational devices.
Though I generally don’t have that much to say about it, I’d like to touch upon how the things I am feeling or the things happening inside me end up in some fashion influencing my photos.
First, releasing the shutter.
When you’re taking a photo, you usually press the shutter almost instinctively.
Taking the scenery, pressing the shutter, it’s a matter of grabbing the bull by the horns, so to speak.
Photographs are an amazing technology that allow you to cut off the scene in front of you right then and there. Rather than memories, I like to think of them as things in the past that don’t fade in crispness or clarity.
Of the human senses, vision is likely responsible for the most amount of information received. Having said that, the mind, unable to store so many things, is engaged every day and every moment in endlessly classifying things. It is surreptitiously deciding between things worth keeping and not, as if it were always on standby to capture and use “the special”. In other words, it is always in engaged in de-cluttering. If you put it like this, doesn’t it resemble the photographic endeavor?
We mentioned special. The word special derives from the Latin root “specere,” to see (it helps, for example to think of another word association, “spectacles”). Thus special means “the particular in the things you see” and when you take a photo, you are essentially cutting out some portion, the special.
When thinking about how to create a photo of the scene that appears in front of you, you by necessity think of the important area. That would be the area you want to cut. Most of us choose the moment to be capture instinctively. They are simply cherishing the important, performing the same weeding-out that the mind does instinctively.
Pressing the shutter is essentially a metaphor for life. Yes it’s all about separating out the wheat from the chaff.
「It is often said that the important things in life are not visible to the eye. Be that as it may, I have a few things I want to confirm.」
You can probably find Rokuichi Goichi sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo looking at the sky with her favorite SLR beside her.
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