This week, for our final blog post, we are to read the Two Way Lens blog, pick one of the contemporary photographers’ interviews and respond to it. It was hard to pick one, really, they are all a pretty good read. But I did pick one, David Simonton. The interviews are set up with three different questions accompanied by a few pictures from the photographer’s work.
Simonton starts with a quote by Emerson, “Enthusiasm is the great engine of success.” I think this is a good point because, especially in the classroom setting, its easy to see the difference in the work of the unenthused and the truly invested. It makes a difference in not only the physical output and presentation of the work, but also the conceptual backing. The level of investment and enthusiasm one must have for their work is much more than one might expect. Without this personal investment, work becomes stale and, yes, half-assed.
Next he talks about the discussion he had with another photographer and the conclusion that the best photograph is always “the next one.” He says “The idea that the best is yet to come is a potent stimulant! and it’s one of the things that compels me to pick up my camera.” This is also a good point because as students, we are definitely always growing and changing, learning new techniques and making better and better work. As this year comes to a close, its a good reminder that nothing is really ending, just getting better and better.
Next, Simonton discusses a conversation he had with Steve McCurry in which Simonton replies, “if you’re engaged in the process, the results will take care of themselves.” This has always been my thought; don’t worry about wether or not it will be good work, just make it and love it and it will be good work if that investment is present.
Finally, I think its great that he talks about success and how its not necessarily something to be measured with monetary values, but rather, “successful in that my own early enthusiasm for photography has never diminished.” I think this is great, and as said before, make great work and great things will come of it.