The distence Between us
Use your camera as a measuring device. This doesn’t refer to the distance scale on the focus ring. Rather, find a subject that you have empathy with and take a sequence of shots to ‘explore the distance between you’. Add the sequence to your learning log, indicating which is your ‘select’ – your best shot.
When you review the set to decide upon a ‘select’, don’t evaluate the shots just according to the idea you had when you took the photographs; instead evaluate it by what you discover within the frame (you’ve already done this in Exercise 1.4). In other words, be open to the unexpected. In conversation with the author, the photographer Alexia Clorinda expressed this idea in the following way:
Look critically at the work you did by including what you didn’t mean to do. Include the mistake, or your unconscious, or whatever you want to call it, and analyse it not from the point of view of your intention, but because it is there.
Miko is a Siberian husky and she comes with me on most photoshoots. I walk her daily, all weather, and we cover many kilometres together and have a bond that runs deep. The sequence of photos is about a faithful dog and her owner.
My pick from the series is a metaphor for the ‘distance between us’-in this case closeness. It’s not necessarily the ‘best’ photo but it occurred to me when reviewing the photos, that within the family I’m the closest to the dog as I walk her daily and take her everywhere I go -its a bond created out of time spent together and for me, it all comes together in her eyes. The empathy I have for her is based on an understanding or acceptance of what she does, how she behaves (huskies are very hard to train) etc, from having other huskies over the years- I’m a one-breed owner. When reviewing the photos, they revealed to me a feeling, and this one especially came together in her eyes. This photo is about me, Miko and our shared experiences. What it says to the viewer I can’t control, nor does it matter, I just hope they can take something from it.