Page 2 of "The Photographer's Playbook" and I was stumped. All Dan Abbe was asking me to do, in this first photographer's "play" was to figure out what game I was playing. It would have been much easier to skip over this first assignment and move on to photograph the moon, or myself in a mirror. But that would have been cheating.
I spent the next few days trying to define the game I am playing, and once I began to be able to articulate it I really began stressing as Dan Abbe then asked me to learn my game. Well that means that I not only need to be able to articulate it, I need to be able to measure some form of progress to in my development.
So I threw out everything I thought about art and photography. I chose to forget that I lack talent, I chose to forget the gear I have or want to get. I forgot about digital, film, storage and display. I needed to articulate my game and here it is.
I want to be able to approach street, landscape, portrait, architecture and still life photography and deconstruct it to a simple image with an emotional involvement. The idea is to create an image with "kando". This is my game. Now how will I learn my game?
Photography as an art form is made to be shared. Just as music is written to be heard, a photograph is taken to share. So I needed to take my photography in each of these genres to others and more specifically to people who understand photography. I needed to be critiqued.
So I divided up these understandings into a simple roadmap for my "game". Below is the version as it sits now. I am sure this will be altered over time, but this is where my thinking is at.
There it is, I have defined my game and I have set out a roadmap to learn my game. I have included establishing the academic background, shooting, printing and sharing. The "end game" is when I have a portfolio that can stand up to a critique and images with kando. It only took me a week to do. What a crazy photo assignment this turned out to be!
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.