Our ever philosophical Len Metcalf asks how we can use dichotomies to strengthen our artistic practice.
"I was originally going to call this article ‘Creating rather than capturing a photograph’, yet as I wrote and explored, I started to realise that both are equally important and that to weigh one against the other is just as flawed as is only concentrating on the one you are good at.
"In fact, this is the fourth time I have started writing this article for Better Photography. I have no idea how our esteemed editor puts up with such a temperamental creative writer!
"So, the idea, and it is indeed a good one, is to identify where you are sitting on each of the various dichotomies and then work on your weaker ones, or on the ones you actively avoid. For instance, where do you sit on the Capturing versus Creating dichotomy? Let’s see if we can define each side a little before we make a decision."
You can also see Len's checklist and his chart for determining where you sit in the spectrum - and perhaps where you should be heading!!
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