Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Reactive Or Proactive?
The new travel photography paradigm
That shooter was proud of the beautiful shot, but also totally missed the point because it was my friend’s proactivity, his research, his investment of shoe leather, time and persuasive skills, and finally his generosity in sharing and re-creating one of his most signature photographs that made that shot happen for her. In this case, taking the picture really was the easiest part of the process, and taking credit for it would be about as authentic as re-creating the Mona Lisa on a sophisticated paint-by-the-numbers canvas and then claiming to be another da Vinci!
These days, with the immediate worldwide dissemination of photos on the Net, it would be hard to get away with something like that because everybody would have their version uploaded and entered into the contest as well. But it does point to the need for us to be more original, more thoughtful and more proactive in our travel coverage so our pictures don’t look like everybody else’s. We need to make better travel photographs by creating our own inspiration!
For a schedule of Bob Krist’s workshops and seminars, check his website, www.bobkrist.com, under the “Teach and Talk” heading.
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