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Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Just do it!

6 May 2020 8:30AM   Views : 408 Unique : 268


No, don’t wait until you’ve read this. If it’s important or transient, do it now, and come back to read this later.

I must admit, I was scratching around for a topic for the day, and as I headed downstairs to make the tea, I saw some blossom across the road, lit by the fairly-early morning sunshine.

That’s a classic ‘shoot it now!’ subject: if you walk away from it, the chance is most likely gone for this year. Later today, the light will have changed. Tomorrow, it will be cloudy, or you’ll be busy. The day after, the blossom will have started to fall.

The same with people. A little over two years ago, I was depressed by circumstances, and recovering from ‘flu. The weather was cold and there was half-melted snow on the ground. But there was a group shoot at a studio I’d never been to with a model who looked very interesting, so I booked. The wisdom of driving 25 miles on a foul evening to a place I didn’t know was debateable, but I’d paid a deposit by then, and I was determined.

The studio and owner were not reassuring, but the model was wonderful. She’d had her hair cut since the picture used to advertise the session, and she was – and is – bewitching. But she has an alternative and highly professional career, so she doesn’t model much.

I’ve photographed her once since then: any further opportunity will be taken! But jumping at the chance delivered some wonderful and varied images.

With family and friends, you never know what will change or when. Certainly, tiny baby hands with tissue-thin nails grow rapidly, and current troubles make it very clear to everyone that life is uncertain: familiar faces we don’t see up close just now are worth recording…

So maybe my takeaway suggesting is to take a through-the-glass portrait of someone today: someone you would usually greet with a hug or a handshake, but can’t now, or for weeks to come. Photograph them with their hair long and untended – but photograph them, and share the picture.


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AltImages Avatar
AltImages 3 4
6 May 2020 9:26AM
👍 An excellent suggestion 😊
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
6 May 2020 9:31AM
I should probably have asked people to post the results...
mistere Avatar
mistere Plus
10 36 8 England
6 May 2020 12:52PM
Good idea John. I've taken lots of pictures of three of our grandchildren, the ones that live in the Village. Lots of 'through the
window' images (some have been posted) and more taken when they come and sit or play on the drive. The're very good and
keep at a safe distance from the front door.
I'm beginning to regret not booking onto some of the photo shoots that i could have done.
There were always plenty to choose from, hopefully there will be again. Hindsight's a wonderful thing. SmileSmile
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
6 May 2020 3:30PM
Look on the bright side, Dave: you'll be exploiting the images you've shot more fully than usual: I'm certainly getting benefit from editing thoroughly in folders where I'd done a quick couple, posted, and gone on to the next session...

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