Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/07/07

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Subject: Re: Preconceiving was -- Model Releases
From: ted grant <75501.3002@CompuServe.COM>
Date: 07 Jul 97 18:26:05 EDT

Harrison wrote:

<<<The media has already lost its credibility because of biased news coverage,
so we as the visual documentarians of the times and places we find ourselvs MUST
show things as they are, not how we want them to be.>>

Here! Here! Harrison!

Excellent post and right on the mark. I've seen it time after time of guys
preconceiving what a location or people look like and then they bend and twist
every frame they can, to fit their warped mind image of what it is supposed to
look like instead of what reality is all about.

I'm sure you have heard photographers say, "well I pre-visuallize what it is I
want to shoot and before I take the picture I know what it's going to look like.
I guess this works fine for the rock and fern and peeling paint folks, but it
just puts me right off when I hear or read something from a so called well known
photographer going on about how he previsualized how the picture of this poor
unfortunate human being was going to look before he pressed the button! BS!

The greatest asset any photographer can have is an "Open Visual Mind" and forget
the word pre-conceived. If you have this ability of open vision, you can take a
thousand pictures of a rose and not one the same.

<<<to my advantage adapting a deep south Georgia accent and playing
dumb just so that when the S*** hits the fan and things happen fast I can
get where I want to be becasue the security, cops, or whatever over look me
because I am a stupid southerner.>>>>>>

When in actual fact we know you really are the intrepid consummate good guy news
photographer bent on destroying the evil world of TV videographers by using your
trusty Leica M12 to defeat the evil forces of the talking boxes! :)

Victoria, Canada