171127 The King Method - matthew piers robertson • photography writing creative toronto

There's been a bit of night photography around here this year, and while I've written a bit about it, I've never mentioned why I'm doing it in the first place. 

Stephen King, who usually writes novels, wrote a book of photography advice that he titled "On Writing". An odd choice, but there you are. In it he talks a bit about his creative methods, one of which I've paraphrased to "put yourself in an interesting situation and see what happens." He does it to his characters, but we can do it with cameras.

Put yourself in an interesting situation and see what happens.

So that's what I've been doing. Night is interesting, artificial light is interesting, movement and duration are interesting, unusual times and places are interesting, and even the constraint of needing a tripod can be interesting. This is me being there and seeing what happens. I don't know what will come of it, but for now, that uncertainty is something to explore, not a problem to solve.


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