Someone on DPR asked about one of the Ansel Adams Friends of Photography workshops that I attended in 1983. In preparation for answering the question, I consulted a notebook that I used for every workshop I’ve taken. My first session was with Ruth Bernhard, who had brought her assistant, Michael Kenna, along.
One of the things I wrote down:
How to practice:
- Be quiet — hear
- Allow yourself to be so touched by something so completely that you can’t talk yourself out of it.
- Go alone.
- Leave plenty of time.
- Return to the places that work for you.
- Don’t let yourself become callused or immune to places, things, situations.
- Don’t intellectualize; photograph life, not things.
- Don’t photograph for your audience.
- You can keep some photographs secret.
- Expose means reveal.
- Don’t reveal what is already known.
- Find your own poem.
- Nothing is finished; everything is in the process of becoming.