the more you shoot something, the more you understand it
whether it is the equipment, lighting, film, developer or subject.
i have a thing for shooting underpasses as i go under them. different times of day
piers, plank buttresses, drainage infrastructure, blinding light no light slow fast shutter flash
through windows out sunroof or windows different formats lenses, seasons traffic &c and the more i expose the different things
i realize or see or understand. so while i may have exposed 300+ views and not gotten the one i want,
i might not know what i want until i can't shoot that subject or that bridge or that light or ? anymore
and i will be forced to look at all the frames and pick out the one that i think IS the bridge.
if my background was an engineer or construction or inspector i would look for 1 thing (maybe)
but as a bystander i look for something else .. and luckily i havent found it yet so every time i photograph it it
is almost a new experience.
as someone with a camera i learn by seeing sometimes,
and as a historian i learn by asking questions
and i find nothing wrong with questioning and seeing at the same time ( if that makes sense )