“Photography is not really about photography. It is about longings and dreams, nightmares and wants and memories. … Without longing no picture at all.”
“I deconstruct them in different ways. I deconstruct them as a whole and I deconstruct them as parts. Imagine you have three variations of one picture. Sometimes, the first thing I do is that I look at them upside-down. And if it looks balanced, it seems to work. So in a way you look at pictures on an abstract level. I have four or five variations turned upside-down and at that point I can already tell which one works best. Sometimes you have two or even three left. Then you deconstruct them on a personal level. You think: “Well, this one bothers me!” or “this one annoys me!” because one person draws too much attention and then I skip this one out. And finally one is left. So it is a kind of two-ways-decomposing – on a total abstract level and on a personal, concrete level.”
I finished the rough edit of my Korea pictures in Lightroom (I only give 2 stars max at this stage) and printed a stack of about 60 A5-sized workprints. It’s funny how an image can change once you see it as a physical object rather than on the screen – some miraculously turn into an immediate winner, while others just go down. Then I divided them into two stacks – As and Bs. I go through the stacks at least twice a day. First thing in the morning works best for me when you react intuitively and don’t cling so much to your babies. Each day more pictures go from the A to the B stack, only sometimes a B makes it back to A. At the same time I am looking for an entry point and a finishing point for the series, so far I have several candidates for both.
Maybe this time around I have enough material for a small POD (print on demand) book.