Wednesday, 20 June 2012
The honesty of 36 Fames.
I have been a fan of David Burnett for sometime.
If you are not familiar with his work, do check him out.
He has lived many lifetimes through his work and by all accounts is a true gent too.
This week he is interviewed in the Washington Post about the moment he missed one of the key images of the Vietnam war, which some argue played no small part in ending the conflict which claimed so many lives.
We live in an age where we don't have to think of the limitations of 36 frames.
Put a 32GB card in a Canon 5d MkII and stays on 999 frames and you can shoot for an age before it falls below that number.
I have talked in the past about my own experiences 'managing' 36 frames under sniper fire in Kosovo.
Back in the day the moment of switching a roll was a nervous moment indeed.
David's account is honest and illuminating, and perhaps should give us all food for thought.
What would your photography be like if you had to shoot 36 frames at a time?
I in no way at all hark back to the days of spending hours on end in the darkroom getting dermatitis from the chemicals and ruining endless pairs of trousers.
I am prepared to wager though that if we shot in a more controlled way our photography would be more thoughtful - and all the better for it.