TO KEEP FROM GOING STALE YOU MUST FORGET YOUR PROFESSIONAL OUTLOOK AND REDISCOVER THE VIRGINAL EYE OF THE AMATEUR

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Three keywords of my photographical philosophy.

Amateurism, auteurism, independence.

Virginal eye of an amateur is something I want to keep. Even tough it's not always easy in today's world where the visual is overflowing everywhere and everything has already been seen, photographed and shared. Amateurism is at first quality of seeing. And seeing always comes first, photography builds on the base of seeing. Virginal eye has nothing to do with my cameras, amateurism is not the quality of my photographic efforts. It's the way of seeing the world around.

Auteurism of couse comes from the world of François Truffaut, André Bazin and Cahiers du cinéma. But it's valid still, sixty years after the French New Wave was introduced and valid in the world of photography too. This is more about the process. Like those film critics of Cahiers stated, director is the auteur, the creator, the artist. Same way the photographer is the auteur of photograph.

To be continued in blog...    --->>

 
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