When I make new photos I look at them on the computer for about a week before I decide which ones I want to print. Once I get my prints I spend another week or so looking at them and throw away the ones that don’t impress me any more. Not including personal photos (the cat, the missus, dinners, etc), I usually end up with just a couple of photos I’m happy with per roll of film. Once the final selection is tucked away in albums I export copies of the photos from Lightroom to my computer desktop where I can easily find them when posting to my website. Before uploading I look at them one more time and the thought often hits — “Do I really want to share this with the rest of the world?” Photos that I like suddenly look mediocre when I think about showing them to others. About half or more of the photos that get exported to my desktop don’t make it to this website. Here is an example:
I made this photo while sitting on a park bench in the Taekji neighbourhood of Gangneung. It’s not a bad photo. The composition is okay and the lines are straight. Maybe it’s not clear if the subject of the picture is the tree or the buildings in the background but this photo has meaning for me. I know that behind these buildings and the nice park is pedesrian hell. Few sidewalks, cars parked everywhere and anywhere, including the sidewalks when there are any to be found, shops with too many garish signs in the windows, et cetera. But that contrast between the chaotic roads and this lovely scene only exists for me. I made the photo because I was impressed by this calm perspective that would be ruined by walking ten metres to the left. Anyone else only sees a slightly dull photo of a neat-looking neighbourhood. And that’s why I didn’t plan to post it here.
I always hope that I am getting better at making photos. With the price of film these days, I can’t afford to point and shoot. But, as I realise from inspecting pictures waiting on my desktop, I also need to become better at selecting and posting those photos that will have interest and meaning for both me and visitors to the site.