Quote Originally Posted by AndreasT View Post
Thomas I like what you write and it makes me reflect about myself. I like your approach about technical stuff. If I understand it correctly you like to keep it simple. Not too gadget based, not too much film and developer based etc..
I have read a few of your other posts and except for your print obsession I think you are on a healthy way. It is a good obsession to have in photograhy.
Rather than being obsessed about films, developers cameras and so on. They distract from what is important. Making a good print, getting real good at that is in my opinion the best balance.
Print making and taking the photo is the emotional part of photography, that is where the soul lies. The other stuff is important but takes up too much time energy and kills your imagination.
I noticed this when I became very technically orientated a few years back, my skills went down the drain. I saw nothing anymore and my emotions went dead. As a result my print making got worse and worse. Now I don't care much about that sort of thing the old magic is coming back. What I also noticed when working in a lab for seven years we had a lot of trainees.
In general the guys were very techniacal and the giels were well very untechnical.
The girls however tended to have the better photographic ideas, they just had a problem with converting their ideas because of the lack of knowledge which the guys had. However at the end of the day I found they were also the better printers. They didn't blind themselves with unimportant dead things. This is just my point of view and I may be wrong.
Redoing a print again after time shows in part how we evolve and change. That is exciting. That is why I find limited editions bogus. As an artist or photographer you should be allowed to grow with your work and change it as often as you like.
By the by I like what I have seen of your work and I think there is nothing to worry about.
I hope this makes sence, I am tired and it is late here.
Andreas, thank you for sharing your experience with us. We certainly get hung up on technicalities don't we?
While I understand and respect that there are those who really enjoy that aspect of photography too, to me I like to know my materials well enough where they are not an obstacle anymore, but simply naturally molds into my work flow. All important shots are done with either a Hasselblad 500 or Pentax/Leica 35mm. Tri-X film, for as long as I can purchase it. I do this so that I know what to expect from the negatives, and that's the most important piece to me; when I know what to expect I can stop thinking about the intermediaries, and focus on whatever's in front of the camera, knowing I have a good negative to work with, and then in the darkroom I don't have to fight a negative with too low or too high contrast, poor shadow detail, or density that I can't shine through with the enlarger.