In the Fall of 2009, I was privileged enough to spend some time photographing the late, Milton Rogovin. Milton makes two appearances in the following group of photos. I would like to dedicate this post to him and his memory.
I was recently asked by a photo student what she could do to takebetter photographs. When I asked if she ever shoots outside of any of her class assignments, her answer was typical of many photo students I talk to. My response was simple. Never stop shooting. I don’t care if you go out and do a study on blades of grass or rust spots. I guarantee, you will make at least two discoveries. One: you just ruled out at least two subjects that you have no intention of spending a career shooting. Two: You’re having fun, because you are doing what you love. If you’re not, hang it up and change your major. The point is to keep your creative juices flowing. I showed her how I try to keep that creativity flowing every day with my iPhone. When I purchased my phone, other than being another cool kid on the block with a new toy, my objective was to take a picture a day, edit in-phone only, and post to my “Daily iPhone photos” folder. That lasted about six months…OK, three months, but the objective remains: keep a creative portal open. Creativity is a muscle that needs working out. Let it sit on the couch to long and it will atrophy like your ass.
Keep your creative juices flowing and your ass firm. Never stop shooting.