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Bobby Doherty on spontaneous vs. concept photography:
The difference between being the kind of photographer who takes all “spontaneous” photos versus the kind who takes everything based on concept are so similar and so different. The spontaneous guy isn’t afraid of anything. He is at the party, on the streets, every roof. He gets it all and can’t believe how amazing the whole world is. People see the work and can’t believe how amazing the whole world is. They want to feel that, because if anything, he was just simply there. With a camera. He’s no one and his whole world is devoted to living in the present and all he really cares about is the evidence. The war photographer.But it all must really be a concept. Right? He’s building something the same way the photographer in his studio failed to make it to the party, the streets, the roof, the war. “The other guy” was cooped up in his apartment all day glueing shit to shit, arranging, turning the lights up and waiting for something else to happen. He’s thinking and that’s fine. But is the spontaneous guy somehow thinking less? It’s more than just being there and leaning on a shutter. He knows what he wants—that’s why he’s there. He didn’t spontaneously appear. His lack of control and direction in front of the camera—I just think that he knows what he wants. His presence can direct it.
Thanks a lot, Bobby!
More from Bobby Doherty. Wise words.