The Inner Path of Photography

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Tag: Minor White sequencing

“One Moment in Time”

We judge ourselves too harshly when we look at the now
(which may not measure up to our dreams and expectations)

and think
“This is My Life”

Rather than looking at our lives as a sequence of images
a flow of moments in time that – lived through, gathered together –
reflect complex lives of good times and bad
Triumphs and illusions of failure.

Underlying all:

The personal story of constant expression
of love, inspiration, depth of spirit, courage

The experience of pure moments
thankfulness to be alive.

Remember your story

(or perhaps you’ve forgotten
and need someone to tell it to you,
and remind you of the images)

Celebrate the amazing fact
that you are still here to tell the tale


Then you may say,
 “This is My Life.”


Last week I posted a short article here about “sequencing” in photography – where you use the flow of a series of photographs to tell a story, rather than depending on one image to tell it all. I found once again that the choices we make in art often reflect the way we think about life.

Must your life right now be the “ultimate image?” Or can you relax and trust in the beauty of sequencing, your true life story…

Perhaps we could remember that, just as in “sequencing,” our lives cannot be evaluated by just one image, one moment in time.

What about sequencing?

Minor White had much to say about the concept of “sequencing” – where you use the flow of a series of photographs to tell your story, rather than depending on one image to tell it all.

After spending most of today reviewing, editing, and printing photographs for a Galveston portfolio – lots of fog, subtle tone, blue-grays, silence – I had to take a break and work with something with COLOR!

So I visited some images I created last Halloween, when I unexpectedly found teens roaming the Galveston beaches in costumes.

As I was deciding what to print, I found it was difficult, because often there would be two images that were similar, but had changes in movement – the “characters” had walked to different places on the beach, and were having new interactions.

When I shot these images, I was intrigued by exactly that – the flow of teens, how they come and go, change groups, photograph each other, group, go away, regroup, etc. And that can’t be captured in one definitive photo.

So I’m sharing with you tonight several images that reflect what I’m talking about – sequencing – arranging images so you build a feeling – an understanding –  a glimpse into someone else’s world.

This my first-time playing – we’ll see what my final body of work becomes –

What about you? Are you remembering sequencing as an option, or do you prefer the “ultimate image?”


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