“There are two ways of looking at a thing. Either you feel that a thing must be perfect before you present it to the public, or you are willing to let it go out even knowing that it is not perfect, because you are striving for something even beyond what you have achieved, but in struggling too hard for perfection you know that you may lose the very glimmer of life, the very spirit of the thing that you also know exists at a particular point in what you have done; and that to interfere with it would be to destroy that very living quality.
I am myself always in favor of practicing in public. There are, of course, those people who say, ‘But the public is not interested in watching people practice. It wants the finished thing or nothing.’ My answer is that if one does not practice in public in reality, then in nine cases out of ten the world will never see the finished product of one’s work. Some people go on the assumption that if a thing is not a hundred percent perfect it should not be given to the world, but I have seen too many things that were a hundred percent perfect that were spiritually dead, and then things that have life and vitality, which I prefer by far to the other so-called perfect thing.” (Stieglitz)
So … with that said, this site (my photo journal’s fourth offering) offers the space to practice in the public. After living in Berlin for eight years, I have returned to the US; reunited again with my film cameras, thousands of negatives, and a bag that was stored with over 200 rolls of exposed, undeveloped film. Much of what I am posting, therefore, are images taken over the course of my stint in Berlin (all digital), older images which I am reconsidering as I review my earlier work, newly developed images from the stored rolls of film and, of course, new images.
While I have photographed using a wide range of cameras (8 x 10 view cameras, medium formats, etc.) my real love and visual affinity is with the so-called lo-tech, “crappy cameras”, pinholes, dianas, etc. Indeed, during my years in Berlin I used my lensbaby exclusively. Since my return, though, I have upgraded my digital camera (and typically photograph with my lens wide open), and daily consider resuming my work with all of my film cameras.
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Thanks for visiting.
all images copyrighted by Dallas Sells