I was browsing the net last week and I came across the blog of Mike Davis, former picture editor of National Geographic Magazine, which resonates irregardless of what photographic genre you’re in:
I learn a lot about a person by looking at a photographer’s raw takes. One aspect is how they approach a scene. I remember taking a personality test years ago for a job interview, and one of the questions asked how you approach a problem, presented as a barrier in the road. The choices were to turn around to avoid the barrier, drive around the barrier, plow through it or get out of your car, examine the barrier and then move it – imagine all the variations of those choices.
Photographers approach their subjects in a similar range of ways. Everyone has a rhythm to the beat of their picture taking.
- Mike Davis, Picture Editor