Rules For Photography (developed after reading the essays “In Plato’s Cave” by Susan Sontag, and “On Irony” by David Foster Wallace)

1. Only photograph places you have been before (the exception to this rule being one time trips to historic/scenic locations, e.g. Machu Picchu, but in such instances allow yourself as much time as possible to absorb the place).

2. Whenever possible, shoot to the side. Do your best not to allow the camera to get between yourself and your subject (this will obviously be difficult while doing street photography).

3. Avoid irony, it is a trap.

4. Adopt a Vivien Leigh attitude when photographing people. Avoid a bourgeois perspective of old/poor/foreign people at all costs.

5. Do not be afraid to waste film. Failed work opens the door to successful work.

6. Follow your intuition, even if it means breaking one/all of the previous rules.

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2 responses to “Rules For Photography (developed after reading the essays “In Plato’s Cave” by Susan Sontag, and “On Irony” by David Foster Wallace)

  1. Ian my friend….its Josh from Idaho, your redneck friend. Just wanted to say hi and tell the guys hi and give Nate a special hug from me. Just thinking about you fellas, and hope all is well. Here is a verse I came across. For you and the boys. Miss ya and may God watch you. Keep me posted.
    5 This is what the LORD says:

    “Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
    who draws strength from mere flesh
    and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
    6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
    they will not see prosperity when it comes.
    They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
    in a salt land where no one lives.

    7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
    whose confidence is in him.
    8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
    It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
    It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

  2. Oh, its in Jeremiah 17.

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