Rajiv Chopra | Rediscovering Roots

Rediscovering Roots

April 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I have, from time to time, watched a few 'PNC' videos by Brooks Jensen, of LensWork. One that particularly attracted my attention, was the concept of 'perspective'. Or, having a point of view. 

The fact is, that when we point our camera at stuff, we have a point of view. The only problem is that most of the time, when we shoot, we point our camera randomly at stuff. 

What happens then, is that our vision is random. Quite random, and we are not alive to many things of interest. This changes when we decide what we want to look for when we are on the streets, or in the mountains, or whenever. 

This applies to all genres of photography (and, life). We can't be everything, and we can't be everywhere. It is better to have an idea of what you want, and then go after it. This focusses your vision, and allows you to pick up things which you would have otherwise missed. 

The compromise that you have to make, is that you may miss some 'sights'. I shall come to this in a while. 

The second, is a bit of inspiration from a podcast interview on RGGEDU.COM, with a photographer - Brian Smith. 

What Brian spoke about, is going back to your roots, to relive and refresh your photography. 

I started many years ago, shooting black and white film, using my trusted Olympus OM-2n,and only with a 50 mm lens. 

This podcast set me off on a journey. What can I do? Dare I do it? Dare I go back to the constraints of an old camera and just a 50 mm lens? 

Combining the two, I thought of going back to the streets, shooting 'men at work', with my Olympus OM-2n. 

There will be one slight difference compared with my humble beginnings. I will take my point and shoot camera as well, as many people you shoot like to see what you have shot. It is a great way to bond.

Now, coming back to the aspect of 'point of view'. I will miss street signs, street art, much of street food etc. It does not matter. They would be a distraction. 

Having a point of view, is critical. 



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