Capturing Moments with Blair Stretch
As I capture life’s moments through my lens, I have been asking myself this question: Who are you taking this shot for? By asking this, I am examining my own motives behind photographing that certain subject, at a certain time, in a certain way.
For me, it is a hard balance. I tend to shoot as an idealist – hoping my photos will portray my world (and display my abilities to capture it) in a really attractive, interesting, and genuine way. I shoot as the kind of person I hope others will view me as. But as I consider my motives more closely I am coming to see that this idealism really means that I am shooting for someone else, and in doing so losing much of my own creative spirit and authenticity. The reason it is a hard balance is because there is so much inspiring work out there; most days I scan through my contact’s photos and different blogs and groups and feel amazed at the volume of truly stunning pictures I see. So my reaction to this is to tend toward portraying my world from this ‘inspired’ point of view. While inspiration is precious and imperative to shooting any great photo, I have to make sure that inspiration does not cross into losing my genuine perspective on the world.
And so my challenge for you is the same: Who are you shooting for? Is it for yourself? For your Flickr contacts? Your family? The person you hope to be? Your friends? …None of the answers are necessarily better than the next, but realizing your own motives for capturing moments can be an enlightening and important step toward taking more genuinely beautiful photos.
Visit Blairs Flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bmstretch/
His wonderful Tumblr here : http://bulbandmirror.tumblr.com/
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