Exercise 5.1: The distance 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 an 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.

Exemplars:
Andrea Schwickart: https://eyvlog.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/the-distance-between-us- exercise-5-1/

Morris Gallagher: https://morrisgdotorg.wordpress.com/exercises/exercise-5-viewpoint/ exercise-5-1-viewpoint-explore-the-distance-between-you/

Darryl Godfrey: https://darrylgodfrey.wordpress.com/category/coursework/part-5- viewpoint/

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