“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” ~ Ira Glass
We’ve been in the studio practicing lately as we’ve become a bit obsessed with dark photos and shadow; quite a bit of the photography in fall magazines have that deep, dark look we love . . . achieving that look is another thing entirely . . .
These aren’t the type of photos that will be accepted at Foodgawker or Tastespotting but that isn’t the point. This experiment is about trying something new and the discipline of practice; the experience has been challenging yet rewarding . . . and we still have a long way to go.
Textures, color, layering, depth of field, direction and focus of light . . . we’ll keep practicing until we’ve mastered it . . .
Until then we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor . . .
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