Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

by Jackson

I’ve been told many times that I think too much. “You are thinking too much,” my teachers say. It’s been that way since I started taking photos, and I’ve never fully understood what they mean!

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What I think they mean is that I’m doing my thinking at the wrong time. Photography is like CPR; it requires a lot of thinking, but that thinking has to be done in advance. Administering first aid you don’t have time to think, you just have to react and rely on your training. That training has a lot of thinking behind it – centuries of investigation into the mechanics of the human body. The same is true of taking pictures. In the moment, you don’t have time to think. When you see an image, you have to react, rely on your training, and trust your vision. You have to do your thinking in advance.

The more deliberate you can be about that thinking the better. Having a system helps. Focusing on the process can take away the psychic tension inherent to creating. And when you do feel that apprehension, its probably a good sign. A sign that you’re on the right track. Inspiration is great, but in order to create consistently you have to do your homework and then trust your gut.