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I've read in facebook the Manifesto of Slow Photography Project www.facebook.com/slowphotoproj… written by Diego Mormorio. I found it very interesting and so much in accordance with the way I am feeling toward photography these days.
I'd love to hear your opinion on it...here is the english translation of the italian text:

Slow Photo is a way of living photography. Of considering it passion and fun, not separated from awareness and responsibility. As much as Slow Food doesn't mean eating slowly but eating well - with no rush, good, clean food, natural in the way it is produced, and with the goal of a less intensive machine farming - Slow Photo doesn't mean photographing slowly but photographing consciously. 
It means living photography as aesthetic experience and at the same time as a mental process and cultural commitment against consumerism. It is both a personal path and a civil statement.
Slow Photo is enjoying photography without being swallowed up by the society of products. 
For what concerns the technique, Slow Photo is not preclusive, it is not against digital, nor against analogic. Every technique can be used to practice a conscious photography.
For Slow Photo the author's value stays in the ability of the author to reach his purpose without being consumed by the instrument he is using. 
Slow Photo is not an aesthetic vision. It believes that whoever practices photography with consciousness, whatever the formal outcome, contributes if not at improving, at least at not worsening the world, and at reaching personal satisfaction.
Slow Photo is a way to share, dialogue, live photography friendly. In the society we are living in, it is a right of self-defense.

Diego Mormorio


In this 'social' society we are living in, everyday I am exposed to too many street photos, coming from sites, blogs, links. Too many opinions, stating everything and the opposite of everything. Images are produced and consumed too fast and with no control and self control, generating only confusion or boredom. Street photos must become more and more impressive to make an impact anymore, an impact which has to be immediate otherwise the image gets immediately lost in the myriad of images. Photos blur together, everything becomes the same, deja-vu, cliché. Nothing is enough. Enough original, enough new, enough of effect. We are accustomed to the unexpected. Boredom settles in. And at the same time we are or feel forced to adapt to this consumeristic view of photography. We try to keep up, to overproduce, to over-perform, to over-share, to conform to the most successful style at the moment, losing ourselves, our natural style or sensitivity, and we end up consumed and devoured, enslaved by our instrument. Maybe we should slow down a bit, accept less inspirations and incitements and give them time to settle in and grow in us. Maybe we should learn to reflect on what we are doing and on what we are seeing. Maybe this will mean being less social, hence less popular, but not less authentic. 
Maybe I am just rambling and this is just one more opinion, some more spam in a sea of spam. But for sure I feel like the more I watch photos, the less I feel like taking some...

I'd love to hear your opinion, on the Manifesto or on whatever you want :-)

P.S. I know it is lame, but this is the reason of my scarce activity in the last days, of my delay in watching and commenting. I need to detox. Please be patient with me.



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SUDOR Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Merci, thank you for Nils Labadie feature !!!
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djailledie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I started to do a photo a day project 8+ years ago, which I carried for almost 3 years, then I reduced to a pace that I have maintained for 5+ years, which is 3 photos a week, 2/3 of them being street. So that's a lot of street! Yet, I feel that pressure of showing 2 or 3 street images a week as beneficial. This text raises some good points: the cliche-ization of images is definitely very fast due to the tremendous amount of photos showcased on the internet. But look at what you dd-ed today: one_nine_seven by OskarAlfonsIt is far from being cliche. Photographers learn by producing cliches, they have the right to do so, and some of them will grow and produce something better - not necessarilly popular, even if that particular image has both. 
I understand the "too much" feeling: "Stop, I can't take it anymore". That's why I am not active anymore in any club. I'll see almost only the images of the people I watch, and in 6 years around here, I have kept the list of people I watch stable - removing one when adding one. That way, I still enjoy seeing what the others have produced... My 2 cents!
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Photographer
Patience with you? Always. :)
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Photographer
I feel very sympathetic to this. There are all kinds of ways and many phases in which photographers and photography can benefit from slowing down.
- Everyone starts snapping without thinking, everything on "Auto" or "Easy" (been there, done it for many years) but we need to slow down and wonder about these things "focus", DoF, F/.. etc. to become technically good photographers and express ourselves with light and focus.
- We need to slow down in output and be more critical of what we put online.
- We need to slow down when watching individual pictures (not all, but at least some of them) to look for the beauty and meaning hidden in them. We have to be open to pictures that lack the fast and prize-winning appeal
- A photography without a place for "difficult" pictures will be all the poorer for it.
- Slow and conscious picture taking is only seemingly a contradiction with Street photography and it's "decisive moment". The pressing of the button is just a part of the whole process of photography. A picture that has typically been taken in a subconscious flow or reflex, may taking waiting, anticipating and imagining before it and long self-curating and thought afterwards.

Yay for slow pictures, slow cameras and slow photography, without ruling out digital and lightning reflexes. :)
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Thank you, Eric. Your comment is spot on, this is exactly what I had in mind while writing this journal.
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
You're welcome, Mary. The article words very well how I felt when I was in a slump two or three years ago. The slump has gone, but I've stuck with the opinion. :)
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wchild Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Photographer
Excellent reading and I can agree on many points. There are too many pictures available daily. I often think that also I shoot too much. I need to try to concentrate into the essence. A lesson for us all.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I think that the point is not the premeditation or intellectual act in photographing. What I mean for slowing down is that photography should be a way to slow down what you see. To stop it to look at it better, to look at its beauty before it is gone. But when everyday you are flooded by thousands of images...how can you find the time to look or learn or get inspired? What I think is that 300 years ago a person would be able to watch maybe 500 photos in his whole life. Now I see 500 photos in a week only in dA inbox. They lose meaning. When I look at a photo book...it is totally different. There I find my dimension and I can still appreciate the meaning of photography.
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wchild Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Photographer
The inflation of imagery. :nod:
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IFedorovskaya Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great thoughts  but I agree 50/50... When you see a great background or light and wait for a right person you  think consciously very slow  to create a great composition... but when you see a scene on street there is no time to think - just shoot!
and I feel absolutely opposite - more I see photos more I want to take... :)
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I think that the point is not the premeditation or intellectual act in photographing. What I mean for slowing down is that photography should be a way to slow down what you see. To stop it to look at it better, to look at its beauty before it is gone. But when everyday you are flooded by thousands of images...how can you find the time to look or learn or get inspired? What I think is that 300 years ago a person would be able to watch maybe 500 photos in his whole life. Now I see 500 photos in a week only in dA inbox. They lose meaning. When I look at a photo book...it is totally different. There I find my dimension and I can still appreciate the meaning of photography.
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IFedorovskaya Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It makes sense... I admit that have to agree with you :)
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NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Interesting journal :)....i have no formed opinion, i just feel free and alive when i photograph....different photographers , different live experience, different methods...i don't know...for me depends on my mood. 

ps: thx for feature my work, much appreciate it :hug:
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
you welcome! A truly unique photo!
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NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
you're very kind :hug:
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I really liked the tone of the manifesto. What matters is seeing the picture(s) within the scene and being able to react promptly when some interesting transient phenomenon presents itself. Street photography is a bit like hunting. The hunter may have to walk around a lot, or loiter in places for some time unobtrusively. SUDOR sudor.deviantart.com/gallery/?… was excellent in Paris. I am wary of deliberately photographing strangers as subjects. This is an aegiandyad street photo Not A Deleted Scene From 'Mon Oncle' by aegiandyad .
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
SUDOR is quite the compulsive photographer :D but he manages to keep his own great style and it is clear to me that he does enjoy photography.
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SUDOR Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Ha ! Ha ! In fact... I'm a camera...
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SUDOR Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
<font><font>Ha !  Ha ! In fact... I'm a camera...

Thank you Mary !</font></font>
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JACAC Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
t h e r e . d i f e r e n t . k i n d . o f . w a y s ...t h e . b e t t e r ? n o b o d y . k n o w s . =)
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
that's absolutely true :D
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JACAC Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
=)=)
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stringoiu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amen!
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
:D
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I find that the more I look at street photographers at dA the more I recognize different styles and approaches. Even if someone is a beginner and starts off with a couple of "cliché" shots, I have observed that each developed their own style and perspective.
And... c'mon Mary, I recognize a shot of yours a mile away... as I do the shots of each of my fellow streetphers who wrote before me.

As to slow photography: I find, ever since I have been running around with a camera around my neck (everyday), I walk the street more consciously... my eyes are wide open and I see life around me. Being conscious makes things slow down enough, to be taken in.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Everybody start with emulating something or somebody. It is normal and right. Developing a personal style, well, this is much more difficult. Still there are styles that are in big fashion, for street photography for example it is Alex Webb's style. Or it is the InPUBLIC street photographers' style, for example. I follow many groups and blogs and collectives on street photography and I tell you, many times I don't know anymore who or what I am looking at :D
Your approach to photography is the same of mine. Photography is for me a way to slow down what I see and give it attention!
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I disagree with the emulating bit... if I were able to emulate any one of the people at inPublic I'd feel on top of the world. ;)
Seriously though, successfully emulating the style of a master shows great talent.

... and here is a slow-mo :highfive:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014   Photographer
Michael Jackson, responding to a question by Martin Bashir (in a voice over), while demonstrating one of his dance moves:
Martin: "What's going through your mind when you're dancing?"
Michael: "Not thinking... Thinking is the biggest mistake in dance you could make. You have to feel."

Bruce Lee, in 'Enter The Dragon' (1973) - exactly 30 years before Jackson's infamous 2003 interview was aired:
"Don't think, feel....it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!"

If the same principle can be applied to dancing and Kung Fu, then why not Street photography? 
I mean, it works for me - not thinking. :lol:
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
There is no doubt that the approach to photography can be the one you do, the one of roaming around, even casually, photographing with amazement and without premeditation. It is another way to isolate yourself from the flood, you stop caring about anything else - other people, other opinions - and you focus only on your taking photos. Taking photos quickly and without premeditation is not what I dislike, on the contrary. What I dislike is the overload of photos everywhere. 300 years ago probably people watched maybe 500 photos in their whole life. Only in my inbox I get this amount of photos in a week. How am I supposed to look at them or appreciate them? How am I supposed to learn something from them or get inspired? To remember a photograph or a photographer? Many many times I feel like shutting down internet and only look at printed photo books. At least there I have the time to look at the images...What do you think?
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wchild Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Photographer
You might find this interesting: sta.sh/037fzjw6alq
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014   Photographer
A fascinating read so far. Thanks! 
Would you mind if I downloaded this? :D
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Photographer
It is. Please take it. =)
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   Photographer
Thanks, man!
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Ikarisou Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
And at the same time, the "not thinking" part is the hardest... But when you're in that state, it just flows... Rare, precious moments...
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014   Photographer
Wise words, Anja, and so true!
100% agreement from my side. 
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arslanalp Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, time to time I feel similar, but not always.
But I can 100% agree that "photographing consciously" is valid.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
thank you, Alphan!
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
A wonderful journal and show Mary :clap:

Like water, each photographer seeks and finds their level...eventually. What is slow for some is fast for others...its all relative. But for sure the bottom line is to think about what and why it is that you are shooting a particular scene...those few seconds of thought should slow you down enough to get the best you can. I think Vam brought up a great point. Shooting film will slow you down to a point in which you'll try to make every shot "count" if for no other reason than the expense of film and its processing :lol:

Hey I'm not sure if you are aware of this but if you aren't I hope you find it as interesting as I have. www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/20…
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
GREAT input, thank you so much!!!
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: I have been exploring Vivian Maier ever since I followed the link you presented. :wow: I am blown away... thank you so much for that Richard!
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
It was an amazing discovery to uncover those boxes of negatives and now its an amazing story. And  documentary film. I'm blown away too...this woman was a MASTER!
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I am trying to find a showing of the documentary about her close to me.
The pictures shown online are wonderful, and to think that this was just skimming the surface of what is in the boxes!
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
I know...this will be years of uncovering the treasures buried in those boxes. Stunning work.
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What is so exciting about her is that she is both a master and a colleague of our kind of street photographer... there is a bigger picture here, and a more relevant one to street photography today!
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Good read. The more I think, the more I find myself paralyzed... 

I feel best when I don't think about taking pictures but just do it. Slow is not for me. Fast, real fast, as when I am in a completely foreign, new and fresh environments is when I "see" photographically and hence when I feel I get my best photos...
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
There is no doubt that the approach to photography can be the one you do, the one of roaming around, even casually, photographing with amazement and without premeditation. It is another way to isolate yourself from the flood, you stop caring about anything else - other people, other opinions - and you focus only on your taking photos. Taking photos quickly and without premeditation is not what I dislike, on the contrary. What I dislike is the overload of photos everywhere. 300 years ago probably people watched maybe 500 photos in their whole life. Only in my inbox I get this amount of photos in a week. How am I supposed to look at them or appreciate them? How am I supposed to learn something from them or get inspired? To remember a photograph or a photographer? Many many times I feel like shutting down internet and only look at printed photo books. At least there I have the time to look at the images...What do you think?
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Mary,
All good points and I certainly am not of the opinion that my way is the only way... To the contrary, I admire other approaches and clearly can't argue that these others techniques and approaches don't produce amazing work!

As for the number of photos we each are exposed to, I don't have an answer. All I can tell you is what has been said before which is that as a photographer, a very important (perhaps most important) part of our job is to critique, edit and ultimately, reject our own photos. That job is difficult as we all have some emotional attachment to certain images. The difficult task is to separate this emotional response from the true value of an image from a photographic point of view. Putting images away from a while (maybe even months or years) can help do that but we live in a fast-paced world and immediate gratification has become expected, at the cost of quality? Yes, most definitely!
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Photographer
My way of approaching photography is instinctive. I take pictures for pleasure and I enjoy it, only when I feel like taking them. And I've taken pictures as if I was consuming fast food, and I've taken pictures as if I was consuming slow food. The pleasure was the same, providing that the need was there. Was the result worth the effort?  I don't  know, you are the ones to tell, and on the bottom line, I've stopped caring about it. I just take photos. Whenever I feel like it.  
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
no doubt that the approach to photography can be the one of roaming around, even casually, photographing with amazement and without premeditation. It is another way to isolate yourself from the flood, you stop caring about anything else but your taking photos. Taking photos quickly and without premeditation is not what I dislike, on the contrary. What I dislike is the overload of photos everywhere. 300 years ago probably people watched maybe 500 photos in their whole life. Only in my inbox I get this amount of photos in a week. How am I supposed to look at them or appreciate them? How am I supposed to learn something from them or get inspired? I don't know, really...
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014   Photographer
There is no way to get inspired out of 500 photos, only fed up.
Careful and selective choices regarding the allowed content to our inboxes, is a must.
When I see more than 2 photos of the same photographer in my inbox in the same day, my first reaction is to ignore them.
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