Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/05/18

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Subject: [Leica] Arbusing
From: imagist3 at (George Lottermoser)
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 16:28:14 -0500
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I agree that a quest for originality,
like a holy grail, for its own sake,
will drive one crazy.

Yet, I believe Walt's simple "pick a niche and dig in"
will get to one's inherent, unavoidable "originality."

The niche of choice may be:
subject, style, form, content; genre;
or any combination of them;

or ripping off existing work mercilessly
I suppose.

It's the digging in that's important;
hours every day
- working the axe and listening to the tones
- writing the words on paper and seeing what they say
- pointing the camera at something and seeing what something looks like
- pounding the clay into some kind of shape
over and over and over again
that's what gets to the heart of the matter.

George Lottermoser
george at

On May 18, 2009, at 3:45 PM, Mark Rabiner wrote:

> Walt I tell people starting out that this quest for everlasting  
> originality
> will just drive you crazy immobilizing you.
> The best way to get things rolling is to pick out your favorite  
> shooter and
> rip them off mercilessly in every which way you can.
> - you're not going to have the ability to pull it off anyway at  
> least at
> first.. - no one know which template you are using.
> In other words its nice to have a concept.
> Beats not having one.
> Originality was never what it was cracked up to me;
> It's way over done.
> Mark William Rabiner
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George Lottermoser
george at

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