In this Episode
In this second of a three-part series of podcasts about how to take an idea to concept to execution, we take a look at how to move from a concept and develop that into a photo series. We focus on ways that we can move from these more abstract ideas and notions to a solid and concrete set of images. In part three of the podcast, we’ll look at some of the considerations for a final production of a photo series.
There are a number of ways to deal with developing concepts. I feel that if you have some process that works for you and how you create images, then you should work with that process. Too many times we try to fix things that might not be broken. I don’t think that it is uncommon for people to have a variety of ways that they create their work. Sometimes concepts are concrete and other times they are more exploratory. I also think that a lot of projects can start off out of a purpose based belief. Something that you have a passion for that you want to explore.
Once you have your concepts that you want to explore you should spend a lot of time talking about your work with anyone who will listen and write about it in a journal. This process of talking and writing will help you gain clarity in the work. Second, you should shoot and create a ton of work. I think a lot of photographers don’t shoot enough when they are working on a project. They see a few great images and think they are done. You need to work to make sure that have enough images created so that you can tell the story you want to tell.
Finally, you need to make sure that you look at where the story is missing elements and know that you might need to work the project over and over again. You need to figure out what aspects of your life matter and how you can relate those into the final series.