Let The Work Sit For A While

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Editing one’s work is challenging. I think it helps to let the work sit for a while until after the first fervent rush.  Edit out anything you doubt, but revisit the rejects once in a while. Maybe you missed something. Let “accidents” inform you. Maybe they’ll lead you in a new direction. On the other hand, you may find your first loves don’t hold up with time.

via Two Way Lens: Karen Halverson.

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  1. I absolutely agree with this.

    And I think the pressure to share images all the time online –and the sooner the better!– really gets in the way of a more thoughtful, considered, time-tested process…

  2. I agree as well. I’ve just finished the process of evaluating a significant volume of very recently made photographs to pull together a selection for an exhibit. It was harder than I expected to clearly view the work. I couldn’t avoid it because of external deadlines, but I realized part way through that a cooling off period probably would have helped. One thing that the team collaborating on the exhibit is NOT doing, at least, is blasting the results of our efforts into social media and the blogosphere right away. We’ve agreed to hold off until after the launch of the physical exhibit. At least that gives us a bit of time to reflect…

  3. Shame that some clients do not understand this, and instead want images as quickly as possible. Careful editing and image selection are important components of any project, which enable choosing the best possible images for a campaign.